For Immediate Release
December 3, 2014
Healthy Fathers, Sexual Health and Effective Outreach to Men; Focus of Presentations at the Men’s Health Caucus of the American Public Health Association
Partners with Women’s Health Caucus and Maternal and Child Health Caucus to help promote a healthy males / healthy babies agenda
December 3, 2014 – Members of the Men’s Health Caucus (MHC), a formal constituency group of the American Public Health Association (APHA) met during the APHA 142nd Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA from November 15-19, 2014.
The MHC received 110 scientific research, community programming and policy abstracts for selection for presentation at the conference, representing a broad range of expert work that has a positive impact on advancing the overall health of boys and men. This year’s selections were presented during the conference with topics ranging from male teen engagement boys on pregnancy prevention and building healthy families through programs for expectant fathers, mental health and masculinity; a listing of the session titles is found below.
The MHC is also working on several public policy platforms including those focusing on increasing research specific to delivery of gender specific health messages to boys and men, and to broaden access of health services to fathers as well as mothers during pregnancy. The Men’s Health Caucus Policy Agenda can be found here:
During its business meeting, members of MHC re-affirmed its commitment to making this group a marketplace to foster dialogue and broad based action to advance the health of boys and men.
During the APHA conference, MHC collaborated with several other population groups including the Women’s Health and other caucuses for programs and outreach. Men’s Health Network and Johnson & Johnson sponsored a joint reception of the MHC and Paternal Involvement In Pregnancy Outcomes Committee of the Maternal and Child Health Caucus. MHC Chair, Dr. S. Giorgianni reaffirmed the commitment of the group to work collaboratively with all caucuses who care about the involvement of fathers to support healthy pregnancy planning, support and outreach that welcomes traditional and non-traditional fathers in our communities.
The MHC announces the transition of leadership for the group with the following individuals assuming their duties for 2014-2016:
Stephen D. Petty, MA – Chair
Ana Fadich, MPH, CHES – Chair-Elect
R. Daniel Duquette, PhD, CHES – Program Chair
Brandon Leonard, MA – Secretary
For further information on any of these organizations visit them at:
Session Titles for Major Presentations At the 2014 American Public Health Association by the Men’s Health Caucus.
• Let’s Hear It For The Boys: Continuing the conversation about gender focused views of sexual health. Presented in collaboration with the Women’s Caucus of the APHA
• Getting The Drop On Cancer: Knowledge And Perceptions Around Cancer Screening And Prevention
• “Hey Man, Are You Listening?” Community health programs reaching men
• Beyond The Bars: Addressing social determinants of incarceration and re-entry programs
• Masculinity: The impact on health decision making
• Paternal Involvement In Pregnancy Outcomes: The AYA male toolkit
• Gun violence and minority men: A community-based approach to inform prevention
• Clipper Clinic
• Other half of the equation: Where are the boys in adolescent sexual and reproductive health programs
• Examination of neighborhood factors associated with diet and physical activity among African American Men, 50 years and older
• Promoting Oral Health and Community-Based Participatory Research: The Minority Men’s Oral Health and Dental Access Program (MOHDAP)
• Other Invisible Wounds: Sexual Functioning in Military Service Members and Veterans
• Who are the African American men recruited in Barbershop studies?
• Healthy Kappas/Healthy Communities: Learning how to address our brothers’ health needs
• Towards RESPECT: How Existing Program Data Informed the Development of a Heterosexual male approach to Social and Behavioral Change