June is Men’s Health Month, a great time to remind American men and boys that they need to be prepared for emergencies. Steve Petty is director of community health improvement for Integris Health, Oklahoma’s largest hospital network, and administrative director of the network’s Men’s Health University, a health screening event for men. Check out what Petty, who is a member of APHA’s Men’s Health Caucus and the Men’s Health Network, recommends.
APHA recently partnered with March of Dimes to promote preparedness for pregnant mothers and families with infants. How can emergency readiness specifically improve men’s health?
Personal consideration and preparation for emergencies leads to a more confident and content state of mind. Having a plan for the critical actions during an emergency improves the chance that such individuals will escape harm. The entire family unit benefits from men who engage in emergency readiness planning.
You’ve spoken of the “silent health crisis” facing American men, who live on average five years fewer than women. One reason is because men take more risks. Does this put men at greater risk during public health disasters?
The life expectancy gap between men and women is, in many cases, due to our different biological makeup, but it is also the socialization and lifestyles which highly influence health outcomes. As young boys, many are taught that big boys don’t cry, leading to the “macho man” attitude where men are expected to ignore health concerns and push through the pain.
Also, studies that have been performed to date show some variations in mortality rates during disasters. Men are more likely to suffer severe consequences psychologically, like suicide, following a disaster.
They are less likely for the most part to seek care for emotional problems and often remain symptomatic for longer periods of time when compared to women. A few studies demonstrate that one response to stress — particularly following large-scale disasters — is that men increase the frequency of risk-taking behaviors.
It is thought that the increase in such risk taking behavior might be decreased if men were encouraged to participate in debriefing or defusing activities.
Fill in the blanks for APHA’s Get Ready Blog readers and your Oklahoma City communities: “I pledge to help men prepare for emergencies by ________”
I have so many recommendations here, including:
• considering how we can promote emergency preparedness among men in the community;
• identifying “at risk” men following community disasters and providing access to counseling and support activities;
• providing education and operational training for emergency health care providers, community members and other major stakeholders regarding emergency preparedness and men;
• promoting the importance of men taking charge of their health/wellness for themselves and for the sake of their families; and
• creating awareness of the importance of regular health checkups with a physician or health care provider.
It’s also important for men — and women, for that matter — to have regular checkups, so that screening tests can detect health problems early, when they are easier to treat.
June is a great opportunity to set an appointment with your health care provider, or you can stop by one of the many health stations now found in retail settings. A great place to find the information you may need before and after that visit is the online Men’s Health Online Resource Center.
This article was originally published on the APHA Get Ready blog and can be found here.

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Celebrating 20 years of National Men’s Health Week

On June 23rd, 2014, posted in: News by Comments Off

June 9-15 was National Men’s Health Week, a health observance coordinated by the Men’s Health Network and celebrated each year as the week leading up to, and including, Father’s Day. The week, which coincides with June’s Men’s Health Month, is intended to “heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.”

Salvatore J. Giorgianni, Jr., PharmD, chair of APHA Men’s Health Caucus, shared his insight on the keys to men’s health — notably “awareness, prevention, education and family” — in a conversation with Public Health Newswire.

2014 marks 20 years since National Men’s Health Week, or NMHW, was passed by Congress and signed by then-U.S. President Bill Clinton. NMHW was sponsored by Senator Bob Dole and Congressman Bill Richardson and is celebrated each year as the week that ends on Father’s Day. Following the lead of Congress, governors of 47 states and Washington, D.C., joined by mayors of over 40 cities, have issued proclamations in 2014 creating Men’s Health Week in their jurisdictions.

In the 20 years since NMHW passage this outreach has encouraged the development of thousands of health awareness activities throughout the month of June both in the U.S. and around the globe. Corporations, hospital systems, clinics, the faith-based community, the public sector, and others highlight their services and reach out to boys, men and those that love them.

NMHW was built around four pillars: awareness, prevention, education and family. This has resulted in countless campaigns that focus on raising awareness about health issues affecting men and boys. The awareness and outreach does not involve men alone, but is also a family matter. Men’s health advocates, in particular those who are a part of the APHA Men’s Health Caucus, encourage all men, and especially dads, to become role models for their children and health leaders in the community — not only during this week but every week.

Recognizing that many diseases that affect boys and men can be prevented, outreach and events during NMHW week encourage men, boys and those who love them to develop positive health attitudes, engage in preventive behaviors, lead healthy lifestyles and seek timely medical advice and care.

Perhaps most importantly, these 20 years of activity have seen a marked improvement in the health and wellbeing of men and boys, with a dramatic improvement in life expectancy and surprising drops in key mortality indicators. There has been a steep drop among males in overall mortality, and corresponding improvements in the mortality rates for cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Tables illustrating those improvements can be found at Men’s Health Network.

The Men’s Health Caucus of APHA acknowledges the tireless work of the Men’s Health Network, a national non-profit organization, for its leadership in establishing this proclamation and its advocacy for over two decades to enhance the health of boys and men and their families.

This article was originally published on the public health newswire and can be found here.

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Working in men’s health? Want to present your work to thousands of public health and academic colleagues? Men’s Health Caucus call for abstract submission starts today, Monday 12/16.

The Men’s Health Caucus (within the American Public Health Association) is currently accepting abstracts for submission for the 142nd annual APHA conference, which will be held in New Orleans, LA, from November 15-19 2014. The theme for 2014 is Healthography: How Where You Live Affects Your Health and Well-being.

The deadline for submission is SundayFebruary 16, 2014, 11:59 p.m. PST. Abstracts are limited to 250 words. Those whose abstracts are accepted for presentation will be asked to give 15-minute oral presentations or to present their work in an hour-long poster session.

Please contact our Program Planner, Ana Fadich, by email (HealthyFamilies@menshealthnetwork.org) if you have questions about the topic areas or abstracts. For more information, or to submit an abstract, click here .

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Chronic disease prevention
  • Community based programs/outreach (i.e. faith-based, workplace/occupational, etc)
  • Economic aspect of male health
  • Alaskan Native/American Indian health
  • Chronic disease management
  • Family health (i.e. fatherhood, pregnancy, domestic violence, etc)
  • Global men’s health
  • Health equity for boys & men (geographic variation/disparities, access to care. etc)
  • Male health across the lifespan
  • Male health policy
  • Masculinity
  • Mental health
  • Nutrition / physical activity / obesity
  • Reproductive health (fertility, family planning, etc)
  • Sexual health (relationships, STIs, etc)
  • Social determinants of male health
  • Veterans / military

Submit your abstract here.

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APHA Men’s Health Caucus a Huge Success

On November 18th, 2013, posted in: News by Comments Off

Earlier this month, the Men’s Health Caucus was at APHA in Boston and hosted sessions discussing men’s health issues both before and during the conference.

This year, the caucus presented seven sessions which highlighted over 30 researchers in the field of men’s health. Thank you to all of the presenters who participated. Men’s Health Caucus will be sending information to all members about the upcoming 2014 abstract submission in December.

You can join the Men’s Health Caucus, get more information on the APHA Annual Meeting, learn more about the health and well being of men and boys, and read a daily news feed here.

MHN was also in attendance and was able to talk with hundreds of individuals and groups interested in health and health advocacy who stopped at the booth.

Be sure to also view our photos from the event on our Facebook page, here.

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Men’s Health Caucus – Session Details

On October 9th, 2013, posted in: News by

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Men’s Health Caucus

A. Fadich, MPH, CHES and R. D. Duquette, PhD, CHES

Monday, November 4, 2013: 8:30 AM

3071.0 – Come on, baby, don’t say maybe: Gender-focused views of sexual health (a joint session of the Men’s Health Caucus and Women’s Caucus)
Westin Waterfront, Burroughs

Monday, November 4, 2013: 10:30 AM

3160.0 Men’s health: Thinking globally while acting locally
Westin Waterfront, Paine

10:30 AM – Males health and males health reporting in Germany: A desciption on the actual situation
D. Bardehle, Prof. Dr.sc.med

10:45 AM – Men’s health: Medical myths and media mendacity
I. Banks

11:00 AM – Men’s health policy development and implementation – the Australian perspective
J. Macdonald, Foundation Chair in Primary Health Care, Director, Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre, UWS; A. Brown, BSc. MBA

11:15 AM – Moving towards a salutogenic paradigm of men’s health promotion: The significance of men’s shed
L. Hlambelo, PhD Student

Monday, November 4, 2013: 12:30 PM

3261.0 Changing male attitudes about engaging in good health behaviors
Westin Waterfront, Paine

12:30 PM – Prostate cancer screening: Helping MEN decide
D. Brooks, MD, MPH

12:50 PM – Men’s motivation for eating and physical activity: Implications for men’s health education
J. Gast, PhD, MCHES; H. Madanat, PhD; J. Leiker, PhD; A. Nielson, MS

1:10 PM – African American males & digital health
W. Tisdale, MPH, MA, DCC

1:30 PM – Reaching men to participate in a health screening program
W. Poage, MHA; E. D. Crawford, MD; P. Arangua

Monday, November 4, 2013: 2:30 PM

3371.0 Navigation programs and services for men and boys
Westin Waterfront, Paine

2:30 PM – Insurance status and disparities in health access and health status of men aged 18 to 64 in Massachusetts; An examination of data from a local-level behavioral risk factor surveillance survey (BRFSS)
L. Arsenault, PhD; S. Tendulkar, ScD, ScM; S. King, MS, A. Pless, MS; D. Arledge; L. Fried, DSc, MS

2:50 PM – Access to healthcare services using a nurse navigation/education model
L. Niemann, PMP

3:10 PM – Healthcare reform: Continuing the prostate screening debate; Where does patient navigation belong?
M. Preston, MPH, PhD; K. Glover-Collins, MD, PhD; D. Gray, BS; S. A. Smith, MPH; R. Henry-Tillman, MD

3:30 PM – Navigated care: Increasing access to health care and integrated wellness programs
D. Arledge; A. W. Pless, MS; S. King, MS; S. Tendulkar, ScD, ScM; J. Keller, MD; C. A. Jacob, MPH

Tuesday, November 5, 2013: 10:30 AM

4134.0 Reassessing masculinity: What defines a real man?
Westin Waterfront, Grand Ballroom E

10:30 AM – Faith and masculinity: A discussion on raising awareness and promoting wellness among Latino men
M. J. Rovito, PhD; J. Leone, PhD, MS, CHES; P. Zavitsanos, MPH(c)

10:45 AM – Real men don’t” Unintentional constructions of gender in public health interventions
P.J. Fleming, MPH; J. G. L. Lee, MPH, CPH; S. Dworkin, PhD, MS

11:00 AM – Working with men: Reframing the therapeutic encounter
E. Stephens, MD; A. Ellis, LCSW; G. Treacy, LCSW-R

11:15 AM – Man therapy: A web-based approach that uses humor to increase help seeking and prevent suicide among men
J. Hindman, MS

Tuesday, November 5, 2013: 12:30 PM

4177.0 Male health: a multicultural and multidimensional assessment
BCEC, Exhibit Hall A/B1

Board 1 – Chronic diseases in adults and elderly men: To prevent or minimize damage? polutiona-based study in campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil
T. Bastos, MPH; M. Barros, PhD; M. C. Alves, PhD

Board 2 – Describing the “digital divide”: Information technology use in prostate cancer patients with lower socioeconomic status
M. Levy, MD; L Kwan, MPH; C. Saigal, MD, MPH

Board 3 – Schools flunk the health test
Y. Jurovitzki, MPH

Board 4 – Exploring disordered eating among college males using the objectification theory
C. Payne-Purvis, MS; M. Menn, MS, CHES; B. Chaney, PhD, MCHES; M. Stellefson, PhD; D. Chaney, PhD, CHES

Board 5 – Moving toward a new normal: Latinas supporting their husbands after prostatectomy for prostate cancer
K. Williams; E. Hicks, MA; N. Chang, MSN; S. E. Connor, MPH, CHES; M. S. Litwin, MD, MPH; S. L. Maliski, RN, PhD, FAAN

Board 6 – “las famosas picardias mexicanas…/ the famous Mexican mischievousness…”: Risk communication amongst Latino famililes affected by prostate cancer
S. L. Maliski, RN, PhD, FAAN; S. E. Connor, MPH, CHES; E. M. Hicks, MA; M. S. Litwin, MD, MPH

Board 7 – No longer an island: Results from the lindsay height’s men’s wellness council
A. E. Harley, PhD, MPH, RD; J. Tobin, MPH; M. Sabir; D. A. Frazer, MPH; T. Weber, MPH; C. Odom-Williams, MBA

Board 8 – Sexual assault victimization among male victims or partner violence
D. Hines, PhD; E. Douglas, PhD

Board 9 – Systematic review of barber-administered health education and outreach programs in African American communities
J. S. Luque, PhD, MPH; L. Ross, PhD, MPH; C. K. Gwede, PhD, MPH, RN

Board 10 – Teenage African American males giving back to their own communities as peer advocates for male health on Chicago’s south side
P. W. Mosena, PhD; G. Philipp, BA

Tuesday, November 5, 2013: 2:30 PM

4334.0 Redefining men’s health needs for less recognized subgroups: military/veterans and AI/AN
Westin Waterfront, Paine

2:30 PM – Epidemiology of male health acress the lifespan: A comparison of state, national, and global data on health outcomes in males
J. Leone, PhD, MS, CHES

2:45 PM – American Indian and Alaska Native men’s health: Needs for interventions and services
B. Seals, PhD, MPH; S. Manson, PhD; O. Casey; E. Bothwell, DDS, MPH, MA, PhD

3:00 PM – Redefining health priorities and improving health promotion for military communities
J. Herzog

3:15 PM – Differences between two cohorts of veterans crisis line callers: Veterans with and without a history of veterans health administration care
M. Kopacz, MD, PhD; P. Britton, PhD; B. Stephens, MS; R. Bossarte, PhD

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Fatherhood as a Public Health Priority Conference

On October 1st, 2013, posted in: News by

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The Men’s Health Caucus is hosting its first-ever pre-conference session as a part of this year’s 141st Annual Meeting & Exposition of the American Public Health Association (APHA)The event is co-sponsored by the Black Caucus of Health Workers of APHA and organized in collaboration with Men’s Health NetworkMassachusetts Children’s Trust FundMen’s Health League of the Cambridge Health Alliance, and Whittier Street Health Center.

The pre-conference session, Fatherhood as a Public Health Priority, is an opportunity to prioritize the importance of fatherhood in health and discuss how local communities are empowering fathers and changing parenting approaches through multisector approaches.

The event will take place on Sunday, November 3, 2013 from 8:30 am – 11:00 am. Registration is free and open to anyone interested in learning more. Click here to register.

Program highlights:

  • Documentary film maker Noube Rateau - Producer, Director, Noube Productions
  • Presentations and panel discussion from local & national experts
  • Light breakfast refreshments
  • Exhibits
The pre-conference session will feature:

Keynote Speaker:
Fernando Mederos, Ed.D., Director of Fatherhood Engagement,
Massachusetts Department of Children and Families

Moderator:
Albert Pless, Jr., MS, Manager, Men’s Health League
Cambridge Health Alliance

Panelists:
Ana N. Fadich, MPH, CHES, Vice President, Men’s Health Network

Michelle Godfrey, Director, Cambridge Center for Families

Dr. James E. Leone, PhD, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS, *D, CHES
FMHI Associate Professor of Health Department of Movement Arts,
Health Promotion and Leisure Studies College of Education and Allied Studies
Bridgewater State University

Dr. Raymond A. Levy, PsyD Director, The Fatherhood Project Department of Psychiatry,
Massachusetts General Hospital

Haji Shearer, Director of the Fatherhood Initiative,
Massachusetts Children’s Trust Fund

For more information and registration details visit https://menshealthcaucus.eventbrite.com/

 

 

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Congressional Leaders Honored with Men’s Health Award

On February 11th, 2013, posted in: News by Comments Off

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Dr. Salvatore J. Girogianni
Chair
Men’s Health Caucus
SalGiorgianni@gmail.com

Washington, DC – Last week, the American Public Health Association Men’s Health Caucus recognized Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and John Barrow (D-GA) for their work to upgrade and enhance the process employed by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in making evidence based recommendations about clinical preventive services.

In May 2012 the USPSTF issued a recommendation against the use of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing, the primary method for the early detection of prostate cancer. A negative rating from the USPSTF weakens PSA testing and could deprive thousands of men, particularly those from high-risk populations such as African Americans, of potentially lifesaving conversations with their doctors and families, since early prevention remains the key to combating the disease.

Since then, numerous health organizations, policymakers, and researchers have identified inconsistencies in the USPSTF decision-making process and have called for greater input from patient representatives and government agencies.

Concerns over the recent USPSTF recommendations prompted Congressmen Blackburn and Barrow to introduce H.R. 5998, the USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act of 2012, which is designed to enhance transparency and encourage a patient-centered approach to decisions that affect the long-term health of millions of Americans.

Congressmen Blackburn and Barrow were each presented with the Outstanding Political Leadership in Men’s Health Award in their congressional offices on Capitol Hill. The award is intended to honor policymakers who recognize and promote the importance of good health among American men, boys and their families. Photos from the presentation can be found here.

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 and boys and their families. The MHC coordinates a diverse, multidisciplinary, and coordinated approach and group to better tackle public health issues within our communities.

www.menshealthcaucus.net

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Submit Your APHA Abstracts Today!

On January 15th, 2013, posted in: News by Comments Off

Are you a researcher in male health and wellness, or know someone who is?

The Men’s Health Caucus (within the American Public Health Association) is currently accepting abstracts for submission for the 141st annual APHA conference, which will be held in Boston, MA from November 2-6 2013. This year the theme is: Think Global, Act Local: Best Practices Around the World.

The deadline for submission is Monday, February 4, 2013. Abstracts are limited to 250 words. Those whose abstracts are accepted for presentation will be asked to give 15-minute oral presentations or to present their work in an hour-long poster session.

Please contact our Program Planner, Ana Fadich by email (HealthyFamilies@menshealthnetwork.org) if you have questions about the topic areas or abstracts. For more information, or to submit an abstract, click here .

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Access to healthcare
  • Aging males
  • Community health initiatives
  • Disparities in men’s health (gender, racial, sexual, etc)
  • Global men’s health
  • Health messaging to men
  • International men’s health movement
  • AND MANY MORE! found here .

 

If you, or someone you know, are interested, please submit an abstract today! Contact Ana Fadich for more information.

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Call for Papers: 5th Annual Health Disparities Conference

On November 20th, 2012, posted in: News by Comments Off

The 5th Annual Health Disparities Conference will take place on March 8 & 9, 2013 Teachers College, Columbia University in New York, New York.  This year’s conference theme is Culturally Appropriate Research, Practice, and Policy Approaches to Health Disparities within a Stress and Coping Bio-Psycho-Social-Environmental-Cultural Framework.

You are invited to submit your abstracts for papers, panels and posters by January 8, 2013.  Click here to download full submission information.

 

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The Men’s Health Caucus (MHC) concluded a fantastic presence at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting in San Francisco. This year the MHC featured over 29 men’s health research presentations at 6 scientific sessions and a poster session, covering topics from fatherhood to HPV in boys to implementation of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on men’s health.

Ana Fadich, MPH, Program Planner for the Caucus shared, “With over 85 research abstracts submitted, representing the work of over 350 researchers, it was hard to narrow down which of the quality submissions to choose to present at this year’s meeting. I am so pleased with the quality and outcome of this year’s presentations and think we have set the stage for the 2013 Annual Meeting in Boston whose theme is Think Global Act Local.”

Outgoing Chair of the MHC, Scott Williams, MPA, stated, “With standing room only at most of our scientific sessions, it is evident that the disparities of the health of men and boys in our country is becoming a priority for more public health experts.”

The MHC was also had the opportunity to partner with the Women’s Health Caucus to host a joint session titled, “Are women from Venus and men from Mars when it comes to delivering effective health messages?” The session examined how best to develop health and wellness communications outreach, keeping in mind, the different needs and preferences of women and men.

Incoming Chair of the Caucus Salvatore Giorgianni, PharmD observed, “I am privileged to lead the Men’s Health Caucus for the next two years and look forward to continuing the growth and success that we have already set in motion in our two year existence.”

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