248029 2010 Survey of State Public Health Department Resources for Men and Boys: Second Semi-Annual Survey Results

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Salvatore J. Giorgianni, PharmD, BSc , School of Pharmacy, Belmont University, Nashville, TN
Scott Thomas Williams, Vice President , Men's Health Network, Washington, DC
State Public Health Departments (SPHDs) provide an important administrative framework to access health information, outreach and services for the communities they serve. SPHDs also establish and utilize these administrative platforms to frame, develop, implement and assess public policy to advance the health of various populations. An essential component to the process of developing strategic and forward looking policy is the assessment of such activities and analysis of how SPHD programs and services evolve to meet administrative platforms. Providing services targeted to enhancing the health of men and boys is a component of a well balanced approach to population health care. The Men's Health Network completed a benchmarking survey study of such services in 2008 and has repeated that survey in 2010. The purpose of these surveys is to characterize the range and nature of existing state level and directed services and to chronicle changes in the nature of these services over time. These surveys will be conducted on a semi-annual basis. The 2010 survey updates results of the benchmarking survey of 2008 and provides new information on the range of services offered. Validated data were received from 48 states and the District of Columbia. Analysis of the data continues to show that few states have population specific information for men and boys but some advances in access, content relevance and depth have been made. These results are used in conjunction with national targets set in the Healthy People 2020to provide an administrative framework for public health initiatives, policy and funding.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Administration, management, leadership
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Program planning
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Provides important information on access to and the nature of health resources and information for men and boys. Provides a tool for public health administrators to utilize in developing funding strategies and community outreach services Provides information useful in supporting state level initiatives within the framework of Federal Healthy People targets

Keywords: Access, Male Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Several peer-reviewed publications in topic of men's health. Vice-chair and Chair-elect APHA Men's Health Caucus. Previously published and presented in topic area at APHA and other scientific and community based meetings. Faculty with teaching and research activities in the area of men's health services. Member of the State of Tennessee Men's Health Report Card Project.
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.