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                  Barber, Stylist

             Health Advocates

            FAYETTEVILLE,  N.C.  –  The
       Cumberland County Department of Public
       Health’s Healthy Conversations program pro-
       motes health education by training barbers
       and stylists to be advocates who can influ-                           Committed to
       ence positive health behaviors in communi-
       ties disproportionately affected by unhealthy

            Healthy Conversations was approved by
       the Cumberland County Board of Commis-                       saving you more
       sioners as part of the 2023-24 Fiscal Budget.
       Commissioners approved $134,601 for the
       initiative. Public Health Director Dr. Jennifer                            Learn more at
       Green gave commissioners a presentation in
       August 2023 during an Agenda Session.

            “There is often a trusting relationship be-
       tween an individual and the person who cuts
       and styles hair. We’re grateful for the barbers
       and stylists who were willing to partner with
       us for this program,” said Public Health Di-
       rector Dr. Jennifer Green. “We know they
       have trusting relationships with their clients
       that are important to encouraging healthy be-
       haviors and improving health outcomes.”
            “Healthy Conversations was proposed to
       address preventable deaths that dispropor-
       tionately impact Cumberland County resi-
       dents. Healthy Conversations will address
       prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, heart dis-
       ease and contributing factors such as hyper-
       tension, tobacco use, healthy eating and physi-
       cal activity,” said Glenn Adams, Chairman of
       the Cumberland County Board of Commis-
       sioners. “I would also like to give a shout out
       to the PBS program NC Impact, hosted by
       Anita Brown-Graham, for their presentation
       on this program from Halifax County, which
       spurred  us  to  bring  this  to  Cumberland
       County. I believe this will be a game changer
       for health outcomes in our community.”
            Barbers and stylists have received train-
       ing to have brief impactful conversations with
       their clients about their health including get-
       ting age-appropriate screenings for cancer.
       Barbers  and  stylists  have  received  blood
       pressure monitors to allow their clients to
       monitor their blood pressure and encourage
       healthy behaviors. The following barbers and
       stylists receive funding:
            McNeill’s Barbershop and Beauty Salon
            Cumberland Awesome Barbershop
            Red Carpet Barbershop and Salon
            Tru Blendz Barbershop
            MM Grooming
            Kut-N-Kalypso, Inc.
            M&Q Hair Restoration Clinic
            Hairlooms Hair and Braiding Academy
            DJ Clipz at Balla World
            HassaniJ Cutz

            Members of the media who wish to cre-
       ate stories featuring Healthy Conversations
       may  contact  Cumberland  County  Public
       Health  Educator  II  Carlotta  Winston  at or 910-
       321-6440. For more information about the
       Cumberland County Department of Public
       Health,  go  to
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