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.
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 Sunday, February 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:
Submit your abstract here.
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.
A. Fadich, MPH, CHES and R. D. Duquette, PhD, CHES
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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