June 2015
EWSE Webinar Series is Back! 
Please join us Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 12pm EST for "What about the Guys?" Men's Reproductive Health: Programmatic Strategies and Lessons Learned.  Registration is not required but space is limited.  The webinar will also be recorded and archived on our website.

Missed our last webinar on Reproductive Life Planning? Click here to watch it.
Wear Blue!  
Wear Blue for Men's Health Month 
Wear Blue for Men's Health Month
Check out this video from the Men's Health Network in their efforts to raise more awareness about men's health and encourage boys and men to take an active role in their health.
New Maternal Health Guide from AMCHP!  
The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs is pleased to share a new publication: Health for Every Mother: A Maternal Health Resource and Planning Guide for States. It offers a menu of program and policy options, national resources, and state examples to support dialogue on comprehensive maternal health initiatives in your state or local community. Planning tools offer a framework to assess current initiatives, their alignment with national performance measures, and untapped opportunities for state and local action. Hard copies of the guide may be requested by contacting Brittany Argotsinger, bargotsinger@amchp.org or (202) 266-3048. If your team would like assistance in putting the new guide to use, please let AMCHP know. 
Resources

Click here to view an infographic that highlights men's needs for reproductive health services.   

 

Someday Starts Now is the public campaign of the Healthy Texas Babies initiative, which is led by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). With the goals of reducing poor birth outcomes, infant mortality and the resultant disparities, this site offers easy-to-follow advice and resources for men to ensure their health and that of any future children. 

 
Youngmenshealthsite.org (YMH) is a website produced by the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital. The purpose of the website is to provide carefully researched health information to teenage boys and young men.

The Men's Health Network (MHN) is a national non-profit 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, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation.

The CDC's report,  Advancing Men's Reproductive Health in the United States: Current Status and Future Directions, contains a summary of presentations and discussions about emerging areas of public health activities related to male reproductive health. Topics covered include CDC's past and current male reproductive health activities, overviews of male contraception and infertility, mental health issues in male reproductive health, and the importance of men's reproductive health on women's health and fertility.
 
 
The NICHD has achieved an impressive array of scientific advances in its pursuit to enhance lives throughout all stages of human development, from preconception through adulthood, improving the health of children, adults, families, communities, and populations. Research supported and conducted by the NICHD has helped to explain the unique health needs of many, including men, and has brought about novel and effective ways to fulfill them.

 Men's Health Awareness

Men's Health Month is celebrated in June with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities. The purpose of Men's Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

Reproductive health is an important component of men's overall health and well-being. Too often, men have been overlooked in discussions of preconception and reproductive health, especially when reproductive issues such as contraception and infertility have been perceived as female-related.

The CDC recommends certain things that men, their partners, and their health care providers can do every day to ensure men's health, as well as that of the women and children in their lives. These key steps are described below. Share them with the men in your lives and encourage your friends and clients to do the same! The single most important way men can take care of themselves and the one's they love is to actively take part in their health care.

Make a Plan and Take Action
Men should consult with their health care provider to discuss which contraceptive method is best for him and his partner based on overall health, age, frequency of sexual activity, number of partners, desire to have children in the future, and family history of certain diseases. Everyone can benefit from having a reproductive life plan based on her, his, or their own personal values,  goals, and resources.
Get Tested!
Get screened and treated for STIs. It is important to discuss the risk factors for STIs with a health care provider and ask about getting tested. It is possible to have an STI and not know it, because many do not cause symptoms. Men with STIs need to ask a health care provider about treatment to address symptoms, reduce progression, and decrease or eliminate the risk of transmission.
Prevent and Stop Drug Abuse

Smoking, illicit drug use, and binge drinking can cause infertility among men. Men are more likely than women to drink excessively. Excessive drinking is associated with significant increases in short-term risks to health and safety, and the risk increases as the amount of drinking increases. Additionally, a pregnant woman who is exposed to secondhand smoke has a 20% higher chance of giving birth to a baby with low birth weight than women who are not exposed to secondhand smoke during pregnancy. Talk to your health care provider if you need help quitting, and/or contact the National Quit Hotline 1-800-QUIT-NOW. 

Reach and Maintain a Healthy Weight

People who are overweight or obese have a higher risk for many serious conditions, as do people who are underweight. In addition, obesity among men is directly associated with increased male infertility. The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn't about short-term dietary changes. It's about a lifestyle that includes healthy eating and regular physical activity. Men should be encouraged at every age to be physically active and make healthy food choices.   

Prevent and Stop Violence

Violence affects people in all stages of life, and destroys relationships and families. Men, boys, fathers, uncles and brothers DO and MUST play an ACTIVE role in ending violence in all forms. There are a number of resources available to help engage men and youth in preventing violence, and especially, violence against women. 

Get Mentally Healthy
Depression is under-diagnosed in men. Men are over four times more likely than women to commit suicide. Plus, most men don't realize that some of the physical symptoms they may experience -things like chronic pain and digestive problems - could actually be caused by a mental health issue such as depression, anxiety or stress. Then there are the men who suspect that they have a problem, but suffer in silence, afraid to admit they need help. Since mental health is very important to one's overall health and well-being, men of all ages should be encouraged to seek help from a professional when needed. Recognizing and preventing men's health issues across the life course is important since it impacts the lives of their families, and the overall community.
Men's Health Resources  
Take action and get involved during Men's Health Awareness Month. The Men's Health Week
#NMHW is celebrated each year as the week leading up to and including Father's Day. Click here to get more resources to join the campaign.  
 

National Fatherhood Initiative is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded to reverse our nation's trend towards father absence.  NFI's Training Center offers a variety of training options to help you effectively serve fathers, facilitate their fatherhood curriculum, or launch a large-scale fatherhood initiative. From webinar trainings to in-person training institutes, they have options that will suit your professional needs. Click here for more information.   
Reproductive Health Counseling for Young Men is a clinic-based intervention which was designed to increase high school boys' knowledge of reproductive health including contraceptive use through the use of a video presentation followed by one-on-one reproductive health counseling. The R.E.A.L Men program encourages communication between adolescent boys and their fathers/father figures to help youth delay sexual activity and increase condom use among those who are sexually active.  The Guy's Guide to Birth Control on Bedsider.org is an evidence-based, yet tongue-in-cheek guide for young men on contraception.

EngenderHealth's three-part Men's Reproductive Health Curriculum is designed to provide a broad range of health care workers with the skills and sensitivity needed to work with male clients and provide men's reproductive health services.

New Blog Post!   

Read our latest blog on Mental Health awareness which includes resources and service information, from one of our coalition members.       

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