Online Program

Epidemiology of male health across the lifespan: A comparison of state, national, and global data on health outcomes in males

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

James Leone, PhD, MPH, MS, CHES, College of Education and Allied Studies, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA
Health policies in the U.S. (e.g. Healthy People 2020) and similar documents in Europe and other nations propose to improve population health by advancing health equity and eliminating disparities. However, among one of the most basic and notable disparities in health outcomes is based on sex. Data suggest males are at a considerable disadvantage in terms of health outcomes from preconception until death. Morbidity and mortality in male populations are alarming and unacceptable considering the advanced healthcare system and medical technology available in many nations. Racial/ethnic and socio-demographic disparities further add to the disadvantaged position male health occupies in the U.S. and abroad. Examining male health from a holistic lifespan perspective is likely to be of more social and financial value than approaching issues in isolation. Using major concepts of epidemiology (i.e., rates, incidence, prevalence, odds, etc.), and analyzing and applying them at various life stages, will help to develop a more complete picture of male health. Discussion will draw upon data that examine the confluence of variables affecting male health, such as biology and genetics, masculinity, gender-role conflict, culture, and socio-behavioral factors. The tools and processes of epidemiology and population health data will help highlight major foci of male health disparities. Additionally, building on these principles and having a holistic view of male health, practical strategies and possible solutions will be presented that provide a formative foundational approach to male health. Further, policy development and political implications will be presented and discussed in light of these data.

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Learning Objectives:
Identify the leading causes of male morbidity and mortality using a lifespan perspective at state, national, and global levels. Examine incidence and prevalence data as it pertains to male health risks and outcomes. Evaluate major disparities in groups of males based on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and other relevant variables. Evaluate the major biological and socio-demographic variables that place males at higher risk for morbidity and mortality. Define practical solutions that can influence policy development to help attenuate risk factors.

Keyword(s): Epidemiology, Male Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been researching and writing in the areas of gender and male health for the past decade. I have evaluated and worked on several programs aimed at advancing male health outcomes. I also teach related courses in male health and public health to a variety of audiences and academic disciplines.
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.