Barbershop Initiative

The Barbershop Initiative strives to prevent illness and early death among African-American men by providing preventive services at local barbershops. 

The services include:  

  • High blood pressure monitoring. 
  • Glucose screenings. 
  • Health education. 
  • Quarterly presentations on topics such as finance, mental health, fatherhood and domestic violence. 
  • Referrals to other services. 

The initiative partners are the American Heart Association, The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority, the Georgia Department of Public Health and the DeKalb County Board of Health. 

Hypertension Control Program 

A team approach is used to achieve high blood pressure control among patients of the Men’s Health Clinic (see below) by encouraging self-management and ensuring a continuum of care. The program provides treatment to patients with hypertension, as well as coaching, education and referrals to other services. 

Fathers Offering Resources and Education (FORE) Program 

FORE provides fathers with the resources and skills necessary to be engaged, effective and healthy fathers.  The program is open to DeKalb County fathers ages 18 and older with at least one child under the age of 18. 

The services include: 

  • Free monthly support group sessions that educate fathers on topics such as finances and parent-child relationships 
  • Mentoring and referrals 
  • An annual symposium on fatherhood 

For more information, click here

Men’s Health Clinic 

The Men’s Health Clinic provides free non-emergency, primary medical care and chronic disease management services for low-income, uninsured DeKalb County men. Physicians Care Clinic and Ethne Health provides the services, with funding from The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority.  Appointments are required. 


Physicians’ Care Clinic (held in T.O. Vinson Health Center) 
440 Winn Way, Decatur, Ga. 30030 
Tuesday and Wednesday 
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Ethnē Health 
4122 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Ste. 5, Clarkston, Ga. 30021 
Monday –Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Friday: 9:00 a.m. to noon 

For more information, call 404-508-7847. 

Men’s Health and Wellness Fair 

An annual fair provides free onsite screenings and health education. 

For more information about any of the Men’s Health Initiative programs, call 404-508-7847.