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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  • 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.

  • Passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton in 1994

    WASHINGTON – National Men’s Health Week (NMHW) is charging into its 24th year today as Men’s Health Month continues all June. NMHW is celebrated each year as the week that ends on Father’s Day, June 11-17 this year. The week is celebrated around the globe as International Men’s Health Week.

     

    The legislation creating NMHW was sponsored by Senator Bob Dole and Congressman Bill Richardson and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on May 31, 1994. Since then, the week has grown to include Men’s Health Month and is recognized by communities and jurisdictions throughout the country. Governors and over 300 Mayors and Native American communities have issued proclamations in their jurisdictions. Those can be viewed here.

     

    “Leading a healthy lifestyle should be a top priority for all Americans,” said Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R- OK) co-chair of the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus. “But too often, we overlook our health in the midst of a busy day. National Men’s Health Week was created by Congress in 1994 to convey the importance of regular health screenings and encourage active lifestyles among all men. As a co-chair of the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus, I am excited to celebrate Men’s Health Week by hosting our annual Men’s Health Caucus workout on Capitol Hill.”

     

    “We’re pleased that the mission of Men’s Health Week, educating men, boys, and families on the importance of their health, continues to resonate with individuals, communities, and organizations throughout the country, said Ana Fadich, Vice President of Men’s Health Network. “National Men’s Health Week is all about empowering men to be more active and engaged in their health and well-being.”

     

    During this time, health care professionals, private corporations, faith-based community organizations, and government agencies, plan activities that focus on the health and well-being of boys, men, and their families. These activities take the form of Wear Blue campaigns, informational articles in corporate newsletters, lunch-n-learns, conferences, bulletin board displays, videos, community health fairs, and more. Many take advantage of the posters and logos available for download on the Men’s Health Month web site. A national focus is Wear Blue Friday, celebrated yearly as the Friday before Father’s Day (June 15 this year). Congress will also be holding a Congressional Workout event encouraging our nation’s leaders to also be engaged in their health.

     

    “National Men’s Health Week is upon us, which is a great reason to begin building healthy habits,” said Congressman Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ), co-chair of the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus. “Too often, men forego routine medical examinations and visits to their doctor. This week is a reminder to men everywhere to take care of their minds and bodies by talking to their doctor.”

     

    A key part of the continued momentum is the annual event and social media campaign, including:

     

    ·         International Men’s Health Week Chat with Men’s Health Network is scheduled for June 14

     

    ·         Congress joins the celebration with a Congressional Workout, planned for June 14.

     

    ·         #ShowUsYourBlue campaign: People all over the world take pictures of themselves and others wearing blue to increase awareness for men’s health.

     

    ·         The #ShowUsYourBlue social media storm is on Wear Blue Friday, June 15, the Friday of Men's Health Week

     

    Free resources are available in both English and Spanish at www.MensHealthMonth.com

     

    Men’s Health Month and Men’s Health Week are sponsored by Men’s Health Network (MHN), which maintains a list of experts and spokespersons on all areas of male health and wellness, including fatherhood issues. Men’s Health Month supporters include Sanofi-Regeneron, Allergan Foundation, and Pfizer Inc.

     

    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 and Facebook at www.facebook.com/menshealthnetwork . For more information on MHN's ongoing Dialogue on Men's Health series, visit www.dialogueonmenshealth.com

     

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  • Awareness Period Puts Focus on Health of Men and Boys

    WASHINGTON – Today, June 1 kicks off the 2018 Men’s Health Month, an annual awareness period solely dedicated to education and activities on the health and wellness of men and boys. Communities around the nation are recognizing Men’s Health Month and Men’s Health Week, a special awareness period recognized by Congress.

     

    This year, Men’s Health Week will be celebrated June 11-17 ending on Father’s Day. The week is celebrated as International Men’s Health Week around the globe. During this time, health care professionals, private corporations, faith-based and community organizations, and government agencies plan activities that focus on the health and well-being of boys, men, and their families. Men’s Health Month is built on the pillars of Awareness–Prevention–Education–Family.

     

     “Awareness periods like Men’s Health Month are crucial in helping to educate the public on health issues and health disparities impacting men,” said Ana Fadich, VP of Men’s Health Network. “Men continue to suffer from chronic illness and lower insurance rates than women. Men are also less likely to seek out mental health services than women. Support for Men’s Health Month from policymakers, state and federal legislators, the media, and our private and non-profit partners can help fight these systemic issues and save lives.”

     

     “Health and safety are important in any workplace, particularly for men working physically demanding jobs. They are more prone to workplace injuries and it’s important for them to be aware of their health and engage their medical providers,” said Todd Washam, Director of Industry and External Relations Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). “Men’s Health Month is a great awareness and education period to encourage men to make their health a priority.”

     

     “Just like your car is triggered to remind you when it’s time to change your oil or get serviced, the month of June should serve as a mental trigger for men to get their body checked,” said Jamin Brahmbhatt , MD, a urologist and advisor to MHN. “June is the perfect time for men to stop thinking and start getting screened for medical conditions that can be easily prevented and caught early. When it comes to your prostate health and overall wellness it’s better to get checked now than wait until it’s too late.”

     

    This has been a pivotal year for men’s health. In May, a federal health task finalized new recommendations impacting prostate cancer screenings for men and MHN

     

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    partnered with advocacy organizations to debrief legislative staff on the new recommendations offer comments. MHN held a briefing on opioid addiction and men’s employment; as well as another briefing on how the crisis continues to impact men’s mad boys’ mental health and wellness.

     

    "Awareness and early intervention are both key in preventing most chronic diseases impacting men, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and many types of cancer. Annual activities that promote awareness like Men's Health Month are crucial in initiating conversations and leading men to be more engaged in their health," said Jean Bonhomme, MD, Founder of the National Black Men’s Health Network. "Making men healthier can only lead to improved health for families and communities.”

     

    Over 300 mayors and governors across the country recognize June as Men's Health Month with official proclamations. The proclamations are displayed in Congress and reports on the status of the health and well-being of boys and men in each state are available at the State of Men’s Health web site.  Free resources are available in both English and Spanish at www.MensHealthMonth.com

     

    A key part of the continued momentum is the annual event and social media campaign, including:

     

    ·         SaludTues & Men’s Health Network Twitter Chat: “Improving Men’s Health in Communities of Color” with the federal Office of Minority Health and other partners 1:00 p.m. EDT on June 5

     

    ·         International Men’s Health Week Chat with Men’s Health Network is scheduled for June 7

     

    ·         Congress joins the celebration with a Congressional Workout, planned for June 14.

     

    ·         Men’s Health Month Twitter Chat is scheduled for June 27 at 2 PM EST

     

    ·         #ShowUsYourBlue campaign: People all over the world take pictures of themselves and others wearing blue to increase awareness for men’s health.

     

    ·         The #ShowUsYourBlue social media storm is on Wear Blue Friday, June 15, the Friday of Men's Health Week

     

    Men’s Health Month and Men’s Health Week are sponsored by Men’s Health Network (MHN), which maintains a list of experts and spokespersons on all areas of male health and wellness, including fatherhood issues. Men’s Health Month supporters include Sanofi-Regeneron, Allergan Foundation, and Pfizer, Inc.# # #

     

  • WASHINGTON — Men's Health Network in collaboration with the Congressional Men's Health Caucus, held a briefing Wednesday to discuss the impact of the opioid crisis on men in the workplace “Opioids and Men in the Work Place: How Are Drugs Affecting Men and Employment?” The briefing was in partnership with the National Black Men's Health Network, the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), Premier Inc., and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

     

    Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), co-chair of the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus, delivered remarks on issues facing employees and employers who have been confronted with opioid addiction in the workplace.

     

    “The workforce is almost impossible to hire for. The biggest issue we have is actually people passing the drug tests,” Mullin said. “We’ve been treating more and more people, unfortunately, by prescription drugs.”

     

    The briefing comes as new data released this spring shows the continued trend of opioid usage on working-age men. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 44 percent of prime-age men not in the labor force acknowledged taking pain medication the previous day. Recent studies suggest that up to 20 percent of the steady decline in labor force participation among prime-age men, aged 25-54, may be attributed to opioid use.

     

    “The opioid crisis continues to seep into the workplace affecting men’s ability to find employment or keep their jobs. This affects the stability of families and communities, as men are often times the providers in the family. There needs to be more ways for men to seek help and become reengaged in their communities,” said Ana Fadich, Vice President at Men’s Health Network.

     

    Health experts from the National Black Men’s Health Network urged patience and understanding when dealing with individuals affected by addiction. Substances like opioids alter brain chemistry making addicted individuals chemically dependent on the drugs.

     

    Individuals are often introduced to opioids through pain management prescriptions after a workplace injury, said Jean Bonhomme, MD, founder of the National Black Men’s Health Network.

     

    “Addiction needs to be regarded as a brain disease not a moral failing,” Bonhomme said, pointing out that “93 percent of workplace deaths are men.”

     

    “We’re actually dealing with addiction as a public health issue—that’s very encouraging,” said Andrew Sperling, Director, Legislative and Policy Advocacy at NAMI.

     

    “As Congressman Mullin, an HVAC contractor and ACCA member, highlighted, HVAC contractors have a difficult time finding employees who can pass a drug test,” said Todd Washam, Director of industry and external relations at ACCA. “Working in the industry is also time sensitive and physically demanding, which creates opportunities for workplace injuries. In these circumstances, ACCA members tell us that one of the best ways to prevent injured employees from getting addicted to painkillers is to bring employees back to work on modified duties. Employees need to stick to a routine schedule and made to feel useful, instead of sitting at home focused on their injuries and pains.”

     

    Still, policy experts from Premier Inc, said that more can be done on the federal level to loosen medical privacy laws allowing hospitals receiving patients with a history of addiction access to a patient’s entire medical record.

     

    “We have to be mindful of patients,” said Duanne Pearson, Director of Federal Affairs at Premier Inc,. “If we’re not coordinating…[patients] are not going to get the help they need. It’s really putting a drain on resources.”

     

    A video of the briefing will be available at www.youtube.com/MHNMedia

     

     

     

    About 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 atwww.menshealthnetwork.org and follow them on Twitter @MensHlthNetwork and Facebook at www.facebook.com/menshealthnetwork. For more information on MHN's ongoing Dialogue on Men's Health series, visit www.dialogueonmenshealth.com

     

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