We serve as an incubator for leaders of color to grow and develop their pioneering ideas and projects. We currently support TrapMedicine, an innovative health initiative that rebuilds trust in the healthcare system among Black men and boys by leaning on barbershops as cultural safe havens. Representative of a human-centered, multidimensional approach to fostering economic security, this project addresses societal inequities that impact health and economic well-being in Black communities.
Jahmil Lacey, a public health researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, is working to address health disparities among African American men in underserved locations around the Bay Area. A team of physicians, researchers, public health advocates, and community organizations have all come together to launch a new health initiative that cares for people, not profits.
Lacey’s effort is called TRAPMedicine, which leverages the cultural capital of barbershops as an upstream strategy for addressing disparities in chronic disease and mental health among African American men and boys. “Culture and trust are the two pillars of this initiative and what we need to focus on to achieve equity,” says Lacey. From his previous experiences managing school-based health centers and running high school youth programs, he has learned that in order to see sustainable improvements the community must have trust in your understanding of their culture and, most importantly, in you.
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