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.

  • Men’s Health Network Forms Coalition of Organizations Calling for Greater Awareness of Quality of Life Issues Facing Testicular Cancer Patients, Survivors, and Loved Ones

     

    WASHINGTON — Men’s Health Network (MHN) has joined with other cancer organizations to form an awareness coalition to recognize Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. During April, these organizations are calling for increased research and greater awareness of the challenges facing testicular cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones.

     

    Testicular cancer is the most common cancer among men between 15 and 35 years old but has one of the highest survival rates, if found early. That’s what makes prevention techniques and overall awareness critically important. This year alone, in the U.S., more than 9,000 men will be diagnosed with the disease, according to the American Cancer Society. An estimated 400 deaths occurred in the U.S. last year due to the disease.

     

    “It’s crucial for young men (15-35) to know that this is the leading cause of cancer for their age group and remains treatable if caught early,” said Ana Fadich, MPH, CHES, Vice President at MHN. “Even so, survivors still need support after a testicular cancer diagnosis, because it's a huge impact on daily life. That is why awareness is essential in reaching younger men who may not receive cancer prevention messages.”

     

    The Testicular Cancer Coalition, which includes Men’s Health Network, the Men’s Health Initiative, the Testicular Cancer Society, ChapCare and the Testicular Cancer Foundation, continues to rally around improving the quality of life for testicular patients and survivors, while bringing awareness to their issues and calling on stronger tools to assess their health and wellbeing.

     

    Survivors have increased risks of anxiety, depression, heart disease, short and long-term memory loss, among other health concerns, as a result of having testicular cancer. This is in addition to issues of impotence, incontinence, or loss of libido; current assessment tools are methodologically too weak to detect these problems.

     

    "The assumption is that life after treatment for males and their families affected by testicular cancer returns to normal,” said Michael Rovito, PhD, of the Men's Health Initiative (MHI) an affiliate partner of MHN. "Most times, it's quite the opposite scenario unfolding. These families have lifelong wellness concerns stemming directly from the treatment of testicular cancer that occurred years, even decades, prior. I'm proud that MHI is partnering with this group to lead the way to develop more impactful research and conduct more effective outreach among testicular cancer survivors to improve their quality of life." 

     

    In the U.S., men continue to be placed at unnecessary risk due to the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force’s (USPSTF) decision to recommend against testicular self-exams and against testicular cancer exams in a clinical setting.  Compounding this problem is the failure of the Affordable Care Act to provide regular preventive healthcare visits for men as are provided for women.

     

    “In my four decades of practice, I have found testicular exams and TSE—especially when paired with the oversight of a trusted primary care provider—to be quite valuable,” said Gregory Pecchia, MD, an advisor to Men’s Health Network. “These exams yielded probable lifesaving early detection.”

     

    The TesticularCancerAwarenessMonth.com website helps educate people about risk factors, warning signs, and treatment options for the disease. The site offers videos, a social media toolkit, downloadable brochures, research articles, and examples of awareness activities to turn a difficult-to-discuss problem into an interactive and easier-to-approach learning experience.

     

    During the month, Men’s Health Network and its coalition partners will be telling the stories of testicular cancer patients and survivors, offering interviews from patients and health experts. Men’s Health Network will also hold a Twitter chat the week of April 23 to further promote testicular cancer awareness to a wider audience.

     

    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 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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  • 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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    Communications & Outreach 

     

  • 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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  • American Urological Association 2018 Conference

    Don’t miss the American Urological Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting! Last year's meeting welcomed more than 16,000 attendees from more than 100 countries around the world, underscoring the meeting's value to the global urologic community. This year's meeting will feature more innovative programming and educational offerings than ever before, giving you unparalleled access to groundbreaking research, the latest clinical guidelines and the most advanced technologies in urology!

  • Fit Fathers Day Celebration

    WHO: The Fit Fathers Foundation is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization, educates and activates through engaging information on positive health, fitness tips and guidelines, nourishment strategies and overall wellness. Fit Fathers enlightens fathers with platforms for eating whole, nutritional foods and incorporating stimulating activity in their daily regimen, while encouraging them to lead their families to healthier lifestyle habits. Dads who exercise consistently, eat well and energize their physique can live longer and live stronger!

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