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.

 

The Latest

  • 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.

  • Executive Order Establishes Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Task Force

     

    WASHINGTON — Men’s Health Network (MHN) applauds President Trump’s executive action to address the current service members and veterans mental health and suicide epidemic. On Tuesday, the President signed an executive order that, among other things, establishes a Veteran Wellness, Empowerment, and Suicide Prevention Task Force.

               

    More than 20 veterans and active-duty military commit suicide every day in the United States. They account for one-sixth of the more than 47,000 Americans who died by suicide in 2017.

     

    Veterans’ and military mental health and suicide was the recent topic of a congressional briefing held on Capitol Hill  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiZlGdW8v48) by the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus and Men’s Health Network. U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and U.S. Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO) spoke at the event.

     

    “Suicide among veterans and active duty service members is an ongoing and often overlooked tragedy. Health and wellness are essential to any community—our veterans and service members are no different,” said Ana Fadich, Vice President of MHN. “President Trump’s executive order sets the groundwork for a national discussion and action on addressing mental health and suicide among veterans and service members.”

     

    The executive order calls for the development of a comprehensive national public health roadmap, President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide or PREVENTS, for preventing suicide among the nation’s veterans, with the goal of ending suicide once and for all. The order sets a one-year deadline for the Task Force to develop and submit a roadmap to President Trump to empower veterans to pursue an improved quality of life, prevent suicide, prioritize related research activities, and strengthen collaboration across the public and private sectors.

     

    “Men’s Health Network has a long history of supporting the physical and mental health needs of our veteran population. In this important endeavor our group will remain enthusiastic and committed contributors to this developing process,” said David Gremillion, MD, an MHN board member, and past president of the Society of Air Force Physicians.

     

    "Men, especially those who have served in the military, are often reluctant to ask for help," said Armin Brott (MrDad.com), an advisor to Men's Health Network and the author of "The Military Father: A Hands-on Guide for Deployed Dads.” “I believe that the President’s executive order will empower veterans to get the support they need. It will not only save lives, but will also spare families from the pain of losing a loved one."

     

  • WASHINGTON — Men’s Health Network (MHN) is asking members of Congress to support President Trump’s call for nationwide family leave in comments he made during last night’s State of the Union address. MHN is hopeful that Congress will support inclusive legislation and policy that also recognizes the vital role that fathers play in the family structure.

    During the Feb. 5 address, President Trump said the following:

    "I am also proud to be the first president to include in my budget a plan for nationwide paid family leave — so that every new parent has the chance to bond with their newborn child.”

    A father’s ability to bond with a newborn has a profound impact on the child’s life improving school performance, mental health outcomes, and reducing the likeliness of drug and alcohol abuse.

    “The role that fathers play in a young child’s life cannot be overstated. Like mothers, fathers need time to bond with their newborns. A child’s physical and mental development is boosted when their father is present from the start,” said Ana Fadich, VP of MHN. “We are encouraged by President’s Trump renewing his call for family leave and urge Congress to support policies that help families and support healthy communities.”

    President Trump has previously called for six weeks of paid family. The U.S. remains one of the few developed countries without a national family leave policy.

    “By proposing ‘family leave’—as opposed to ‘maternity leave’—President Trump has taken an important step toward recognizing the unique and vital role that fathers play in their children’s lives and the many ways dads contribute to their children’s development,” said Armin Brott, an MHN advisor and author of The New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the First Year. “For example, children with actively involved fathers are more successful in and out of school, have fewer mental health problems, and are less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol or to become teen parents.”

  • In response to recent media discussions on masculinity, Men's Health Network recommends that organizations, corporations, and media join us in promoting positive masculinity and taking a more balanced approach.

    Men’s Health Network supports a productive dialogue on masculinity and what it means to be a man. We also recognize that during this dialogue, and in programs intended to promote positive masculinity, it is important not to paint boys and men with broad strokes that tend to depreciate the entire gender because of the inappropriate behavior of some individual or group.

    We firmly believe that masculinity is not inherently toxic and remains a core component of manhood.

    We see companies like Amazon, Gillette, Nike, etc as cultural influencers who play a significant role in shaping society’s perspectives and driving positive or negative rhetoric and debate. There are many positive commercial advertisements and public commentary which highlight the important and valuable role men play as family members, fathers, husbands, partners and part of our communities and our nation. Examples include the Amazon Echo Dot TV Commercial, 'Dad's Favorite Song' and Amazon Echo TV’s commercial, 'Dad's Day'.

    Health ads that portray men as engaged and involved in the care of their families and media focus on male volunteerism and contributions to the community are also noteworthy. MHN is pleased to see the number of such commercial placements and stories increasing in the past several years, but there is a great deal of room to grow. Portraying men, and boys, in these positive roles helps present positive images to future generations.

    All men should strive to be their best and to help their fellow men and boys, be their best. It all starts from within.

 

Events Tabs

  • Webinar: Perceptions of HPV Prevention in Men and Boys

    Human papillomavirus infection is estimated to be the most common sexually transmitted infection. Educational outreach about HPV is often focused on women because having the virus increases their cervical cancer risk. Yet over half of sexually active men in the U.S. will have HPV at some time in their life, increasing their risk of developing certain cancers. This webinar will discuss perceptions and knowledge about HPV prevention in boys and men. Objectives:
  • Restoring Family Unit Seminar

    Sept. 9 – 11, 2019 Billings, Montana A seminar designed to encourage and promote responsible fatherhood and motherhood. Individuals gain a deeper appreciation for the past and an understanding of their true identity, self-worth, and infinite ability to positively influence their children’s lives by creating safe and happy homes. TNF, CPS workers, court case workers, social services providers, tribal leaders, district and tribal court judges, fathers, mothers, grandparents, and personnel are all encouraged to attend. Topics include: • Fathers and mothers as leaders

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