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<p>This weekend, Oct. 2 and 3, Sound Medicine will report two stories on a unique health outreach effort taking place at African American barber shops and beauty salons.</p>

Healthcare Outreach at the Barber Shop, This Week on Sound Medicine


For many African Americans, barber shops are social gathering spots, making them ideal places for disseminating health-care information. Pittsburgh-based health reporter Erika Beras will visit a local barber shop where stylists and patrons regularly chat about their lives, including their health.

Minority outreach expert Lora Ann Bray will talk with Sound Medicine’s Barbara Lewis about the Health Advocates in Reach (HAIR) program developed by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health’s Center for Minority Health. Bray will explain the treatments offered to patrons and the training provided for barbers.

The flu season will be the focus of two stories this week. Indiana University internist Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, M.D., will discuss the simplified, “universal” flu shot recommended for this flu season and epidemiologist Arnold Monto, M.D., from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, will explain why we can stop worrying about a swine flu pandemic. Dr. Monto is a member of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for Pandemic H1N1 Influenza.

In this week’s installment of Sound Medicine’s Patient Listening series, IU Professor of Medicine Rich Frankel, Ph.D., meets with Shobha Pais, Ph.D., director behavioral science at the IU School of Medicine, to discuss the thorny issue of physician burnout.

In this week’s Checkup feature, Jeremy Shere, Ph.D., learns about an unusual medical curriculum that favors humanities to hard-science courses at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Director of the school’s Humanities in Medicine program, Miki Rifkin, Ph.D., explains the reasoning behind this non-traditional approach to medical training. Dr. Rifkin is also associate dean at Mount Sinai’s Graduate School of Biological Sciences.

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Sound Medicine is produced by the Indiana University School of Medicine in conjunction with WFYI Public Radio. The show is underwritten by Clarian Health, IU Medical Group and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Reports on Primary Health Care topics are sponsored by Wishard Health Services.


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