Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have consistently shown that the African American community and the Hispanic community have trailed behind in COVID-19 vaccinations since its initial rollout.

The National Association of County and City Health Officials has worked with black and Hispanic-owned barbershops and hair salons as part of a creative effort to bring positive health-related messaging to the community, specifically to the underserved, and that’s what a new initiative in Osceola County will be doing.

The Florida Department of Health in Osceola County (FDOH-Osceola) with over 35 barbers and cosmetologists to participate in a health-related educational outreach initiative. As trusted sources of information for their clients –  barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists are key partners in sharing, educating, and promoting good health within their communities via their clients and staff.

Through this outreach initiative, the health department is providing training, a connection to resources, and marketing aids to assist in messaging important positive health information.

Barbers and cosmetologists interested in participating in this outreach initiative are being asked by the Florida Department of Health in Osceola County to contact Josette Sykes, Health Educator, at 407-343-2170 or via email at FDOH-Osceola will continue to work with community partners to encourage Osceola County residents to live healthier and happier lifestyles.