Men’s Health Network

Men's Health Network (MHN) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men, boys, and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health awareness and disease prevention messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation.

 

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  • Celebrating 25 Years of Men's Health

    See how you can help and donate to the campaign

  • My Prostate Cancer Coach

    Because every man is different and every cancer is unique, it is important to find out the risk group for your individual cancer.

  • Know Your Cancer

    Are you or a loved one newly diagnosed with prostate cancer? Empower yourself with the information you need to make the right treatment decision. 

  • Fibromyalgia Caregiver Toolkit

    Being a caregiver isn’t always easy. Each day can throw new challenges your way. With that in mind we’ve designed this toolkit to provide insight, tips and tools for the male caregivers of patients with fibromyalgia.

  • National Men’s Health Week

    Men’s Health Week is celebrated each year as the week leading up to and including Father’s Day. This week heightens awareness of preventable health problems and encourages early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys

  • A new survey that we developed in partnership with Chattem, Inc., the U.S. consumer healthcare division of Sanofi, shows that 90% of men in the U.S. want to take charge of their own health. The survey results also indicate the significance of sexual health to men today, with nearly 1 in 3 men (30%) saying sexual health is one of the most important elements of their overall health and wellness. This survey was conducted online by Harris Poll and its results were shared in recognition of International Men's Day, which takes place on Saturday, November 19, 2016.

  • An ongoing series of top-level discussions on the health and wellbeing of boys and men across the lifespan. The Dialogue on Men’s Health provides structure and coordination for efforts to find common ground and synergy among healthcare professionals, patient groups, community organizations, private corporations, and government agencies as they address the unique challenges that confront men, boys, and their families.

    Read the Framework for Advancing the Overall Health and Wellness of America’s Boys and Men here.

    Read A Vision for Wellness and Health Equity for American Indian and Alaska Native Boys and Men here.

  • Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn's efforts in improving men's health have been recognized and honored with the “Outstanding Political Leadership in Men’s Health Award" by the American Public Health Association: Men's Health Caucus.

  • A group of mental health professionals led by the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus and Men’s Health Network are calling for greater awareness and action to address systemic issues facing men and boy’s mental health in the midst of the ongoing national opioid crisis. The group converged with legislative staff this week on Capitol Hill for a congressional briefing on how opioids are used as getaways from mental health issues for men and boys.

    Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. (NJ), co-sponsor of the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus, delivered opening remarks focusing on the obstacles facing men and boys who confront opioid addiction and mental health disparities.

    “We’re really in the midst of an opioid crisis in this country,” said Payne Jr. “Studies have shown that there is an under-reporting of men’s mental health [issues]. Too many of our young boys are suffering in silence—let’s end the stigma.”

    Anxiety, fear, delinquency, under-diagnosed depression, PTSD, suicide: All conditions that are associated with boys and men across their lifespan. “Just like any other group in this country, more needs to be done to improve family and social structures to ensure the mental and emotional wellness of men and boys,” said Ana Fadich, Vice President of Men’s Health Network. “Substance abuse through alcohol and opioids are providing getaways from anxiety and depression for many of our boys and men who often lack social networks, equity in access to healthcare, and face cultural stigmas in seeking help for mental illness.”

    Males are more likely than females to die of an overdose from illicit opioids, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. While males are diagnosed with depression less often than women, they have higher rates of suicide completion. “Boys and men in our nation are in crisis … [and] face a widening empathy gap,” said Wizdom Powell, PhD Director, Health Disparities Institute, University of Connecticut.

    “Men have a more difficult time detecting and labeling emotions. Men tend to report less risk of depression yet have higher risks.” Powell outlined several policy and community-level recommendations to combat these issues including expanding programs that can assist boys and men who are re-entering communities from prison or jails, expanding behavioral health care access, provide training to psychologists and other healthcare providers working with racial, ethnic, and sexual minority males. For more on individual speaker presentations, click the links below.

    Eric Murphy PhD

    Wizdom Powell PhD, MPH, MS

    Gregory Tau MD, PhD

    Nathaniel Counts, JD

     

    Men's Health Network (MHN) is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men, boys, and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health awareness messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation. Learn more about MHN at www.menshealthnetwork.org and follow them on Twitter @MensHlthNetwork or Facebook at www.facebook.com/menshealthnetwork.

    Established in 2007, the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus strives to set a healthier standard of living for all men and boys.  The Caucus promotes awareness of health issues specific to males, advocates for health prevention such as cancer screenings, and promotes legislation that will improve the health of men.   

     

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  • In the State of the Union message last night, President Trump said:
     
    “We also believe that patients with terminal conditions and terminal illness should have access to experimental treatment immediately that could potentially save their lives. 
     
    People who are terminally ill should not have to go from country to country to seek a cure. I want to give them a chance right here at home. It's time for Congress to give these wonderful, incredible Americans the right to try.”
     
    Men’s Health Network supports the message from the President that encourages the Right To Try for terminally ill patients who have no options left; the Right To Try developmental drugs that have not yet made the lengthy and cumbersome journey through the established approval process, but have shown promise that might save their lives.
     
    Patients have a right to life, and that includes a Right To Try any possible cure.
     
    “The right to access should include protections for patients, health care providers and institutions while enhancing and supporting the scientific and regulatory process in such a way as to contribute to marketing approval for these important treatments,” said Sal G. Giorgianni, PharmD, Senior Science Advisor to Men’s Health Network.
     
     
    Men's Health Network (MHN) is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men, boys, and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health awareness messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation. Learn more about MHN at www.menshealthnetwork.org and follow them on Twitter @MensHlthNetwork or Facebook at www.facebook.com/menshealthnetwork.
     
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  • Arlington, VA, August 31, 2017 – The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) has announced a partnership with the Men’s Health Network, a national non-profit organization dedicated to health awareness and disease prevention. ACCA has been accepted into the Men’s Health Network of partners and will coordinate messaging and activities to help improve the physical and mental well-being of men, particularly those involved in the trades.

    “ACCA is excited about this partnership because the Men’s Health Network has a wealth of health and wellness resources for men of all ages,” said Paul Stalknecht, President and CEO of ACCA. “As the HVAC industry’s workforce ages, we need to ensure they have the information and resources available to maintain a healthy mind and body. Men’s Health Network also has wellness information available for the younger generation, who may be naive to the physical aspects of the skilled trades,” Stalknecht continued.

    “Prostate Awareness Month presents a great opportunity to announce this partnership which is dedicated to encouraging men, boys, and their families to engage in regular check-ups and healthy lifestyles,” said Ana Fadich, Vice President of MHN. “We strive to reach men where they live, work, play, and pray—and the workplace remains one of the most crucial avenues for educating men about their health and wellness, and how that impacts their daily lives and productivity. We look forward to working with ACCA and its members to engage them in healthy behaviors in September, and beyond."

    ACCA and the Men’s Health Network will develop programs available to ACCA members, which may include complimentary workplace testing and screenings and co-branding of nationwide awareness campaigns. The two organizations will also partner on information campaigns and social media programs for the entire heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration industry, including men, boys, and their families. Men’s Health Network also encourage women to have regular health and wellness screenings and check-ups.

    For more information about the Men’s Health Network visit www.menshealthnetwork.org.

    For more information, or to schedule an interview with ACCAplease contact Todd Washam, ACCA’s Director of Industry and External Relations, at todd.washam@acca.org

 

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