Fatherhood as a Public Health Priority Conference

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


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

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

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/



Congressional Leaders Honored with Men’s Health Award

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

For Immediate Release

Dr. Salvatore J. Girogianni
Men’s Health Caucus

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.


Submit Your APHA Abstracts Today!

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

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.

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.


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.”