AMSURG Partners Promote Colon Cancer Awareness for African-American Men in Barber Shops

AMSURG partner Arnold Levy, M.D., FACP, Endoscopic Surgical Centre of Maryland and Endoscopic Surgical Centre of Maryland – North, along with Capital Digestive Care, is collaborating with Dr. Stephen Thomas, Ph.D., of University of Maryland’s (UMD) School of Public Health’s Center for Health Equity, to raise awareness for colon cancer in barber shops in the Washington D.C. area.

UMD, in conjunction with the Cigna Foundation, created  the Health Advocates In-Reach and Research (HAIR) program with the goal of using barbershops and hair salons as gateways to better health for African-Americans. African-Americans have the highest rate of new cases of colorectal cancer and are the most likely to die from this disease compared to all other racial groups in the U.S.   “While the Affordable Care Act identified colorectal cancer screening among the preventive services covered at no cost to patients, many people are not having these screenings,” Thomas said. “This partnership with the Cigna Foundation is recognition that business as usual is not working, and now is the time to invest in new and innovative methods for reaching racial and ethnic minority populations.”

Dr. Levy, president and CEO of Capital Digestive Care, attended an event at event held at Christopher’s Grooming Lounge on April 23 to discuss the launch of the HAIR program.

AMSURG partners that are also members of Capital Digestive Care perform procedures at six centers across the D.C. metro region:

Ambulatory Endoscopy Center of Maryland (Laurel, Md.)

Chevy Chase Endoscopy Center (Chevy Chase, Md.)

Endoscopic Surgical Centre of Maryland (Silver Spring, Md.)

Endoscopic Surgical Centre of Maryland – North (Rockville, Md.)

Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Associates (Rockville, Md.)

The Endoscopy Center of Washington, DC

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