About Us

Mission Statement

The mission of the Men’s Health Caucus (MHC), as an officially recognized special interest area of the American Public Health Association, is to bring together academic, federal, state and local health departments, private and non-profit organizations with a common interest in improving and the health and well-being of men, boys and their families. The MHC coordinates a diverse, multidisciplinary, and coordinated approach and group to better tackle public health issues within our communities.

Men over past decades have shown poorer health outcomes across all racial and ethnic groups as well as socioeconomic status. Men’s health is a concern to Federal and State governments, public health departments, community health centers, health professionals, and other key stakeholders who absorb the enormous costs of premature death and disability, including the costs of caring for dependents left behind. Educating men and boys, their families, and health care providers about the importance of early detection of male health issues (i.e. cardiovascular, mental, prostate heath, cancer [lung, prostate, skin, colorectal, testicular, and more], HIV/AIDS, osteoporosis, and other pertinent health issues) can result in reducing rates of mortality for male-specific diseases, as well as improve the health of America’s men and its overall economic well-being. The premature death and disability of men and boys is a serious and expanding public health issue.

Why create a Men's Health Caucus?

  • American men on average are living about 5 years less than our female counterparts.
  • 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
  • Men die at a higher percentage from 9 out the 10 top causes of death
  • Men are victims of over 92% of the workplace deaths in our nation.
  • CDC report: Women are 100% more likely than men to seek preventative care.
  • U.S. Administration on Aging report (2001), "More than half of elderly widows now living in poverty were not poor before the death of their husbands.”
  • 2000 Census Bureau report, "For women who marry men approximately their own age; over 14% are widows as they retire (age 65-69).”

Policy Agenda of the Men's Health Caucus
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