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.

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 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.

APHA Men’s Health Caucus a Huge Success

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

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.

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