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Congressional Leaders Emphasize Menís Well-Being During 12th Annual Natíl. Menís Health Week; Annual Health Screening Event on Capitol Hill Sets Example for Rest of the Country


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WASHINGTON, June 14 -- Congressional leaders and their staffers kick off a week-long celebration of National Menís Health Week with health screenings June 14-16 on Capitol Hill. The three-day Congressional screening is designed to stress how simple, pain-free diagnostic tests can save lives. Event supporters hope that participation by Members of Congress will help raise awareness of the rising and predominantly silent crisis in the health and well-being of men.

National Menís Health Week-celebrated each year during the week leading up to and including Fatherís Day-sponsors activities in communities across the country, bringing together corporations, government agencies, religious and fraternal organizations, as well as others committed to the prevention and treatment of menís health issues. A sampling of local activities planned for NMHW can be found at www.menshealthweek.org/activities.htm.

Recognizing that men are less likely to have health insurance than women, this year MHN has established a website, www.healthclinicsonline.com, that identifies free and low- cost health care for men and their families, including almost 4,000 health clinics.

ďWeíre pleased that Congress continues to take such an active role in emphasizing menís health,Ē said Melissa Wilt, Director of Public Policy, Menís Health Network. ďAwareness of the need for men to make regular physician visits is a key goal of National Menís Health Week (NMHW). The support of Congress and NMHW participants nationwide has enabled us to raise awareness of menís health issues in communities across the country.Ē

More than 300 members of Congress co-sponsored the ďNational Menís Health WeekĒ Act in 1994 and Congress has remained committed to NMHW since its inception. For the past seven years, menís health screenings have been offered on Capitol Hill during NMHW, with more than 700 members, staffers and employees participating each year.

In addition to the support from Capitol Hill, more than 45 governors have declared Menís Health Week in their states.

Menís Health Network (MHN) is a non-profit educational organization comprised of physicians, researchers, public health workers, individuals and other health professionals. MHN is committed to improving the health and wellness of men through education campaigns, data collection and work with health care providers to provide better programs and funding on menís health needs. Additional questions or comments should be referred to info@menshealthnetwork.org or by calling (202) 543-6461, ext. 101.

Members of the MHN Advisory Board have volunteered as spokespersons during National Menís Health Week.

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Jean Bonhomme, MD, MPH

Atlanta, GA

Specialty: Minority Health, Drugs and AIDS

404-790-9337

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Betty Gallo

Gallo Prostate Cancer Center

New Brunswick, N.J.

Specialty: Prostate Cancer, Public Policy, and the Role of Women in Menís Health 732-235-6198

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Armin Brott

MrDad.com

Oakland, Calif.

Specialty: Parenting

510-734-2297

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Peter Rumm, MD

Drexel U.

Philadelphia, PA

Specialty: Public Health

608-267-3835

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Vivia Font (Spanish speaking)

Role of Women in Menís Health

646-831-0197 - cell

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Robert Tan, MD

University of Texas

Houston, Texas

Specialty: Andropause (male menopause), Aging 713-500-7580

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Ed Stephens, MD

New York, N.Y.

Specialty: Mental Health, Psychiatry

212-249-8861



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