New initiative expands Madison's barbershop health center model

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)-- A new initiative in Dane County aims to reduce health disparities that affect black men and boys.

The Black Men's Wellness Sustainable Initiative is a four year strategy.

It builds upon the success of Rebalanced-Life Wellness Association's (RLWA) Men's Health and Education Center. The center is located inside JP Hair Design on Grand Canyon Drive in Madison.

"We have to do something to move that needle and improve these health disparities," said Aaron Perry, founder of RLWA. "That's the goal of what we are trying to do and the initiative is our Black Men's Wellness Sustainable Initiative, so that's a four year initiative, that we are very excited about."

Perry is hoping to expand the health center model in other barbershops across Dane County.