239607 Men's Health Initiative: A community-based participatory approach to men's health promotion

Monday, October 31, 2011: 2:45 PM

Michael J. Rovito, PhD , Department of Public Health, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
The Men's Health Initiative (MHI) is an organization based in the Philadelphia metropolitan area that aims to promote healthy behaviors through three primary approaches: informing men about health and wellness, identifying risks unique to men, and implementing behavioral interventions. MHI sets as its primary goals: (a) to reduce the health disparity between the sexes and (b) to promote awareness and action among males.

MHI roots its efforts in research and evidence-based medicine. MHI translates said research into a comprehensive community-based participatory framework that conducts workshops, public lectures, roundtable discussions, and interactive activities for all ages, ranging from young teens to senior citizens, on testicular cancer and testicular self-examination, prostate cancer and screenings, colorectal cancer and screenings, and sexuality and masculinity, including fatherhood and expectations of a man in society. MHI does not offer screening services but provides the information and tools for men to become aware of health risks and to have the necessary knowledge to make informed decisions regarding their health and wellbeing.

MHI develops and distributes all original promotional information, including the newsletter MASCULUS, lectures, and discussions. The organization developed community, regional, intrastate, and interstate collaborations.

MHI offers its trials and successes to other similar service organizations aiming to address the health disparities experienced by men.

Learning Areas:
Communication and informatics
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe successes to other similar service organizations aiming to address the health disparities experienced by men.

Keywords: Community Collaboration, Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked in the field and have been actively publishing and conducting research related to the topic.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.