Barbershop Talk With Brothers (BTWB)

The Institute, in partnership with the SUNY  Downstate Medical Center's School of Public Health, was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop an HIV/AIDS program for heterosexual African American men. The program is a barbershop-based intervention to reach men in Central Brooklyn with HIV/AIDS risk-reduction messages.

Barbershop Talk With Brothers (BTWB) is designed to create a safe space where Black men can have barbershop discussions with a health twist. 


In 2009, the Institute received funding from the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation to develop and conduct an intervention focused on increasing access to health and social services for formerly incarcerated individuals and their families. The ACCESS project is conducted in barbershops and beauty salons in Bedford-Stuyvesant/Crown Heights, Brooklyn, neighborhoods that are disproportionately affected by incarceration.

New York University Partnership Project 

The Institute was invited by the New York University School of Medicine to lead a community advisory board for its MISTER B outreach program, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This initiative is focused on increasing colorectal cancer and blood pressure screenings among men of African descent over the age of 50.