April 2, 2015
Bi-Partisan Congressional Men’s Health Caucus Established
Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) and Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK)
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) have joined together in a bi-partisan effort to improve the health and wellbeing of men and boys by co-chairing the newly reauthorized Congressional Men’s Health Caucus.
The Caucus is dedicated to raising awareness of male health issues, encouraging men and boys to take an active role in their personal health, and promoting legislation that will have a positive impact on the health of American men, boys, and their families. The Caucus will work closely with Men’s Health Network (MHN), a nationally-recognized non-profit, to ensure that health issues affecting men and boys have a place in government healthcare priorities.
“I am pleased to join Congressman Markwayne Mullin in leading the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus,” said Congressman Payne, Jr. “After witnessing my father lose his battle to colorectal cancer, it became my mission to raise awareness about the importance of preventive care and to help reduce health disparities across diseases, from cancer to diabetes. As co-chair of the Caucus, I look forward to continuing this important work and to encouraging men to be proactive about their health.”
“I consider fitness a necessity to a good life,” said Congressman Mullin. “So I’m proud to help lead the Men’s Health Caucus in its mission to promote healthy living across the country. It’s incredibly important that our nation’s youth understand how to exercise and eat right so that they can live healthy, productive lives.”
The Caucus has again established a Prostate Cancer Task Force, which is charged with increasing the public’s awareness of prostate cancer—the most prevalent form of cancer in men. The Task Force will highlight outreach to three groups that have especially high risk of developing prostate cancer: African Americans, Veterans exposed to Agent Orange, and individuals with a family history of the disease.
The Caucus also aims to focus on topics of importance to military veterans. Seventy to eighty percent of veterans don’t use the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for their health care, and many suffer from physical or mental conditions related to their military service.
“Men live sicker and die younger than women. They have unique risks at each stage of life,” said Dr. David Gremillion, who sits on the Men’s Health Network Board of Directors and is a former President of the Society of Air Force Physicians. “Men’s Health Network greatly appreciates the commitment of the Men’s Health Caucus for their efforts on behalf of improving the health status of men, including veterans of the Armed Services.”
In previous sessions the Caucus, working with Men’s Health Network, has led briefings on topics such as prostate cancer screening, traumatic brain injury and urological health issues. The Caucus plans to continue these efforts to educate Congress and the general public about important topics in male health.
“Men’s health issues have never existed in a vacuum,” said Dr. Jean Bonhomme, Founder and Executive Director of the National Black Men’s Health Network and member of the Men’s Health Network Board of Directors. “Premature, unnecessary male death, illness and disability negatively impact the economy as a whole, causing lost hours from work, diminished work productivity, and the added expense of training replacement workers. Men’s illnesses impair family stability and can undermine the health of women and children directly, emotionally and economically. The establishment of a Congressional Men’s Health Caucus promises benefits to society reaching far beyond men as a demographic and is an indispensable step towards building a complete and inclusive health care system.”
Steve Petty, Chair of the American Public Health Association (APHA) Men’s Health Caucus, added, “The APHA Men’s Health Caucus has been working hand in hand with Men’s Health Network to continue our strategy of promoting the importance of male health across the United States. Working on the same goals as the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus, we can increase the scope and reach of our messages, and dramatically impact male health across the country.”
For Immediate Release
December 3, 2014
Healthy Fathers, Sexual Health and Effective Outreach to Men; Focus of Presentations at the Men’s Health Caucus of the American Public Health Association
Partners with Women’s Health Caucus and Maternal and Child Health Caucus to help promote a healthy males / healthy babies agenda
December 3, 2014 – Members of the Men’s Health Caucus (MHC), a formal constituency group of the American Public Health Association (APHA) met during the APHA 142nd Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA from November 15-19, 2014.
The MHC received 110 scientific research, community programming and policy abstracts for selection for presentation at the conference, representing a broad range of expert work that has a positive impact on advancing the overall health of boys and men. This year’s selections were presented during the conference with topics ranging from male teen engagement boys on pregnancy prevention and building healthy families through programs for expectant fathers, mental health and masculinity; a listing of the session titles is found below.
The MHC is also working on several public policy platforms including those focusing on increasing research specific to delivery of gender specific health messages to boys and men, and to broaden access of health services to fathers as well as mothers during pregnancy. The Men’s Health Caucus Policy Agenda can be found here:
During its business meeting, members of MHC re-affirmed its commitment to making this group a marketplace to foster dialogue and broad based action to advance the health of boys and men.
During the APHA conference, MHC collaborated with several other population groups including the Women’s Health and other caucuses for programs and outreach. Men’s Health Network and Johnson & Johnson sponsored a joint reception of the MHC and Paternal Involvement In Pregnancy Outcomes Committee of the Maternal and Child Health Caucus. MHC Chair, Dr. S. Giorgianni reaffirmed the commitment of the group to work collaboratively with all caucuses who care about the involvement of fathers to support healthy pregnancy planning, support and outreach that welcomes traditional and non-traditional fathers in our communities.
The MHC announces the transition of leadership for the group with the following individuals assuming their duties for 2014-2016:
Stephen D. Petty, MA – Chair
Ana Fadich, MPH, CHES – Chair-Elect
R. Daniel Duquette, PhD, CHES – Program Chair
Brandon Leonard, MA – Secretary
For further information on any of these organizations visit them at:
Session Titles for Major Presentations At the 2014 American Public Health Association by the Men’s Health Caucus.
• Let’s Hear It For The Boys: Continuing the conversation about gender focused views of sexual health. Presented in collaboration with the Women’s Caucus of the APHA
• Getting The Drop On Cancer: Knowledge And Perceptions Around Cancer Screening And Prevention
• “Hey Man, Are You Listening?” Community health programs reaching men
• Beyond The Bars: Addressing social determinants of incarceration and re-entry programs
• Masculinity: The impact on health decision making
• Paternal Involvement In Pregnancy Outcomes: The AYA male toolkit
• Gun violence and minority men: A community-based approach to inform prevention
• Clipper Clinic
• Other half of the equation: Where are the boys in adolescent sexual and reproductive health programs
• Examination of neighborhood factors associated with diet and physical activity among African American Men, 50 years and older
• Promoting Oral Health and Community-Based Participatory Research: The Minority Men’s Oral Health and Dental Access Program (MOHDAP)
• Other Invisible Wounds: Sexual Functioning in Military Service Members and Veterans
• Who are the African American men recruited in Barbershop studies?
• Healthy Kappas/Healthy Communities: Learning how to address our brothers’ health needs
• Towards RESPECT: How Existing Program Data Informed the Development of a Heterosexual male approach to Social and Behavioral Change
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.