- Inglewood US-CA
The proprietor of The Releford Foot and Ankle Institute, which maintains three locations in Southern California, Dr. Bill Releford assists patients with conditions ranging from diabetic wounds and traumatic injuries to surgical wounds and ankle pain. Dr. Bill Releford founded the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program in 2007, and endeavor that has received coverage from numerous magazines, radio stations, and television programs. Recognizing the importance of the barbershop in African-American culture, the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program serves as a national group that provides health education to underserved neighborhoods. In addition to initiatives regarding diabetes and high blood pressure, the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program also advises on prostate cancer. Approximately 5 percent of all African-American men will be diagnosed with a form prostate cancer that is more aggressive than those faced by other Americans. Moreover, nearly twice as many African-American men die from the condition when compared to white men. In May 2013, the Black Barbershop Outreach Program appeared at the Los Angeles Black Business and Trade Show. For over two decades, this entity has offered African-American-owned companies opportunities to connect with new customers and vendors. At the event, the Black Barbershop Outreach Program and its volunteer barbers and nurses screened more than 200 men.
In addition to owning the Releford Foot and Ankle Institute, with three locations in California, Dr. Bill Releford is an assistant professor at Charles R. Drew University and lectures across the country, chiefly about foot health and diabetes. As an active podiatrist, Dr. Bill Releford belongs to the American Podiatric Medical Association. Founded in 1912, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) recently celebrated its centennial and today represents almost 15,000 podiatrists across the country. To keep its members connected and current on podiatric matters, the APMA hosts an annual scientific meeting. The 2014 event, scheduled for July 24-27 in Honolulu, Hawaii, features symposia and hands-on surgical workshops for attendees. Since the APMA received approval from the Council on Podiatric Medical Education, individuals can obtain continued education credit for participating in the ultrasound workshop. Attendees can also learn about a variety of podiatry-related subjects, including biomechanics and sports medicine, wound care, radiology, and surgery. The APMA invited more than 30 podiatric faculty members to attend and speak. In addition, the exhibit hall features an array of vendors who highlight the latest in services and products available to podiatrists.