Men's Health Network (MHN) is honoring the life of Dr. Eric (Ric) Bothwell, a member of MHN's Board of Advisors, who passed away late last month. Ric worked for the Indian Health Service as a commissioned officer for over 26 years. Since retiring, he had been a consultant on many initiatives and served as a public health advisor for MHN, helping to coordinate the Native Male Health Coalition: The Warrior's Journey to Wellness.
Ric was a tireless advocate for public health and passionately fought to bring attention to health disparities, particularly those facing Native American males. He will be greatly missed.
Men’s Health Network has established a fund in recognition of Eric (Ric) Bothwell’s life-long work on behalf of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN), and especially his concern for the physical and mental health of AI/AN boys and men and the need to address disparities that compromise their ability to fulfill roles as fathers, husbands, providers, leaders, and contributors to their communities. The Eric D. Bothwell Fund will be dedicated to draw attention to this issue and promote scholarship to better understand the causes of disparities and effectively address them. Contributions may be sent to Men’s Health Network, PO Box 75972, Washington, DC 20013 or by credit card here.