Today's guest blog was brought to you by Armin Brott and Ana Fadich of the Men's Health Network.
Men's Health Network (MHN) is a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to reach men, boys, and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health prevention messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, patient navigation, and other resources. MHN places a strong emphasis on prevention and healthy lifestyles, and offers educational materials that encourage parents to give their children a solid start on the path to a lifetime of healthy living.
Through our network of chapters and affiliates, we now have a presence in 50 states and over 30 countries. We also form partnerships with government and non-government entities, including county and state health departments, to provide educational materials and training around the unique health concerns of men and boys.
MHN sponsors educational health and wellness events around the country for men and their families. And, for over 15 years we have conducted an annual wellness educational event for members of Congress and their staffers.
We also have a growing library of publications, including brochures on topics as diverse as father involvement, PTSD, prostate cancer, testicular self-exams, nutrition, lifestyle advice for teens, how women can help keep the men in their lives healthy, and how men can care for their loved ones. We're especially proud of our growing Blueprint for Men's Health series of books, which includes Blueprint for Men's Health (a thorough but accessible overview of men's health) and Your Head: An Owner's Manual (which focuses on mental health), both of which have been adopted by various state, county, and federal agencies. The series includes Heartbeat (an in-depth look at cardiovascular health) and the latest volume, Breathe Easy, which deals with COPD and will be released in the fall of 2012. These and many other MHN publications are offered as free downloads online at the Men's Health Library.
In 1994, MHN worked with both parties of Congress to create Men's Health Week, which brought much-needed attention to men's health issues. This annual event runs the week leading up to and including Father's Day. MHN activism has resulted in that same period being recognized as International Men's Health Week in numerous countries around the globe.
MHN conducts seminars and panel discussions in the U.S. and other countries, and partners with various Congressional caucuses to conduct briefings in Congress.
MHN representatives are regular presenters as U.S. and international health conferences, and at various veterans' events. In addition, MHN spokespeople have appeared as guests on dozens of radio and TV shows discussing contemporary health issues, including the recent (and very flawed) decision by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to recommend against routine use of the PSA test--a painless procedure that has saved the lives of thousands of men around the world. And in 2011, we worked with the American Public Health Association to create the Men's Health Caucus--the first time a major public health organization has recognized male health as a unique challenge.