246712 Black Men Take on the Community Health Challenge: Sharing Successes of the Men's Health League Model

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 9:10 AM

Albert W. Pless Jr, MS , Cambridge Public Health Department, Cambridge, MA
Claude-Alix Jacob, MPH , Cambridge Public Health Department, Cambridge, MA
Shalini Tendulkar, ScD, ScM , Institute for Community Health, Cambridge, MA
Stacey E. King, MS , Cambridge Public Health Department, Cambridge, MA
Barbara Kibler , Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, Cambridge, MA
Men of color in the United States today are disproportionately affected by chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes and are less likely to engage in preventive health behaviors. In response to this public health crisis, the Men's Health League, a program designed to reduce the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and stroke among black men through health promotion efforts was implemented in an urban setting. Presenters will discuss four strategies employed to develop this successful program that has directly engaged over 300 men in order to increase their knowledge about men's health, physical activity and nutrition. By working with the local “Men of Color Task Force,” collecting data at the annual “Hoops ‘N' Health” basketball tournament and health fair, and building a diverse community outreach team of men, the Men's Health League has built an evidence-based, integrated approach to improving the health of men of color. Program results show an increase in the percentage of men who engaged in more physical activity and improved eating habits, and lost weight. This presentation will share lessons learned from the program's design and implementation, based on the ongoing effectiveness evaluation of the community intervention. Audience members will be able to 1) describe the challenges related to and strategies for engaging men of color in healthy behaviors, 2) compare two program models effective in engaging black men in physical activity, and 3) describe the quantitative and qualitative impact of this community intervention on a group of men of color.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Chronic disease management and prevention
Diversity and culture
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Describe the quantitiative and qualitative impact of a community intervention on a group of men of color

Keywords: Male Health, Chronic Diseases

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present becasue I oversee all the chronic disease prevention programs that we would be presenting on.
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.