Spotlight on Minority Men’s Health

As many of us know, minorities (in particular African Americans and Hispanics) generally have worse health outcomes than Whites. But what most people don’t know is that minority men have far worse health outcomes than minority women. It’s a crisis that deserves our attention.

Dr. Jean Bonhomme is an expert on minority health and he’s got a wonderful piece on this topic on the Talking About Men’s Health blog. Read it here.

For more information on the health of men, boys, and those who love them, visit Men’s Health Network.

Important Webinar on American Indian and Alaska Native Male Health: June 13, 2013 at 1pm Eastern

Don’t miss this important webinar on American Indian and Alaska Native Male Health, June 13, 2013, 1pm Eastern. Login details below.  

Partnering for Wellness:
Charting a Course to Hope, Healing, and Health for Native Males and Their Families

american indian and alaska native male health issuesWashington, D.C. – Men’s Health Network (MHN) along with the Indian Health Service (IHS) and other partners will be hosting a webinar, Partnering for Wellness: Charting a Course to Hope, Healing, and Health for Native Males and Their Families, on June 13th, at 1:00 p.m. EST. This is the first in what is planned to be a six-part series of webinars seeking to raise awareness of the health disparities facing American Indian and Alaska Native males and their families, recently highlighted in a report entitled: A Vision of Wellness and Health Equity for American Indian and Alaska Native Boys and Men distributed by MHN. The webinar will both explore current challenges and highlight promising practices currently underway in communities.

WHAT: Men’s Health Network (MHN), Indian Health Service (IHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Office of Minority Health (OMH) and Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE), to host Partnering for Wellness: Charting a Course to Hope, Healing, and Health for Native Males and Their Families webinar

WHEN: Thursday, June 13, 1:00 p.m. EST (log in 10 minutes beforehand)

To join the live event (Pre-registration is not required):
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WEBINAR PANELISTS: Dr. Susan Karol, Chief Medical Officer, IHS, will present opening remarks; Ana Fadich, Vice President, MHN will introduce MHN; Mose Herne, Director, Division of Planning, Evaluation and Research, IHS, will present an overview and current state of the problem; Rod Robinson, Director, Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse, SAMHSA, will highlight the public and private partnerships of alcohol and substance abuse; and Rick Haverkate, Senior Project Analyst in the OMH Resource Center (OMHRC), will address the consequence of continued neglect, gaps in data and research, and opportunities for building a collaborative network to achieve Native male health equity.

WHY: AI/AN males experience death rates 200 to 500 percent greater than AI/AN females for suicide, HIV/AIDS, homicide, unintentional injuries, diabetes, firearm injury, and alcohol-related deaths and 10 to 50 percent higher than AI/AN females from cancer, heart disease, and liver disease. The AI/ANs are the only racial/ethnic group in which males experience higher levels of self-reported psychological distress than females. To date, these disparities are not widely acknowledged and subsequently, AI/AN male-focused interventions have rarely been attempted.

The next webinar in the series will focus on youth-focused interventions. Tentative speakers include: Larke Huang, Senior Advisor in the Administrator’s Office of Policy Planning and Innovation at SAMHSA; Brian Yassie, National Director of Native American Services; Jeremy Red Eagle, Youth Council Coordinator, Helena Indian Alliance Youth Outreach; Keola Chan, Aha Kane Honolulu; Erin Bailey, Director of the Center for Native American Youth, The Aspen Institute; Sen. Bryan Dorgan, former U.S. Senator from North Dakota.

“Breathe Easy: Your Lungs and COPD”–My Latest Book for the Men’s Health Network

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.,  which is why I wrote a book with the Men’s Health Network (MHN) called Breathe Easy: Your Lungs and COPD.  And in an effort to help the 12 million Americans who have COPD and the 12 million more whose symptoms remain undiagnosed, MHN partnered with the Association of Black Cardiologists, the Veterans Health Council, and Men’s Health Alliance to develop the new, and extremely valuable resource.

“Studies show that every four minutes an individual dies of COPD,” said Scott Williams, MHN Senior Vice President. “We could not ignore this fact and had to address such an important health issue. The Breathe Easy publication is designed to educate the public regarding possible COPD symptoms and explains what to do once these symptoms are discovered. We hope that those who read this publication will examine their own situation and take action if needed.”

Co-authored by experts in the field of men’s health and supported by a grant from Forest Laboratories, “Breathe Easy: Your Lungs and COPD. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease” is filled with important information for men and their families and added to the extensive library of educational materials which MHN has maintained since 1992. You can download a pdf of the book from the Men’s Health Network’s website. You can order hard copies directly from MHN.

Dr. Lamm and Terry Labonte Chat with TAMH Editor About the Drive For Five Campaign

We all know that men are not as proactive as women when it comes to their health and a recent national survey confirms that fact.  The survey, conducted by Abbott and Men’s Health Network, found that men take the backseat when it comes to managing their health issues. In fact, they may be turning a blind eye to some important health risks that could worsen and lead to serious health problems if left untreated.

 Drive For Five, a campaign by Abbott in partnership with Men’s Health Network was launched on September 12, 2012 to create awareness and encourage men to take a more proactive approach to their health. The campaign will also educate the public about five important health risks for men: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and low testosterone. Drive for Five is backed by men’s health expert Dr. Steven Lamm and legendary racecar champion Terry Labonte. [Read more…]

Intimacy Ignorance vs. Intelligently Intimate

All too many men today have had to mentor themselves into manhood. As a result, a toxic masculine culture has evolved which glorifies a man’s aggressive, competitive, and controlling nature. Bolstered by our media culture, it perpetuates the myth of the “self-made man” compelling men to lead lives of isolation, void of deep, meaningful and intimate relationships. [Read more…]

Men: If you’re in Philly TODAY, get your prostate (and more) checked fr**

Philadelphia, March 19, 2012  — The second “Know Your Numbers” Men’s Health Initiative, scheduled for Saturday, March 24 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., is the largest screening event for men in the Philadelphia area.  Sponsored by Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church and Einstein Healthcare Network, the goal is to screen more than 1,000 men for hypertension, cholesterol, blood sugar, HIV, weight, height and BMI (body mass index), as well as prostate cancer if eligible, based on screening criteria.

The free event will take place

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