Chileshe Nkonde-Price, WHYY Newsworks, Hair Salon Study

Chileshe Nkonde-Price, WHYY Newsworks, Hair Salon Study

Investigates Health Behaviors of African American Women in Philadelphia

 LDI Senior Fellow Chileshe Nkonde-Price's study of the health behaviors of African American women who patronize Philadelphia hair salons is the subject of a program on WHYY Radio's "Pulse" program as well as an extensive article in WHYY's Newsworks website.

Nkonde-Price, MD, MRCP, a cardiologist and  US Department of Veterans Affairs/Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, has focused on hair salons as "the natural habitat for black women" where her interviews gather real-world data about their health-related attutides and behaviors. 
 
One goal of Nkonde-Price's work is to identify ways to overcome the hair-related issues that deter some African American women from engaging in vigorous excercise. Another is to solicit the women's own ideas about how best to motivate or incentivize heart healthy behaviors among African American females.