During June, as part of Men's Health Month, pharmacists can lend their expertise to improving men's health and well-being by providing health screenings, hosting health fairs, and promoting other health education and outreach activities.
The goal of Men’s Health Month, celebrated every June, is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
“These efforts reach men where they live, work, play, and pray,” said Ana Fadich, Vice President of Men’s Health Network (MHN), in a news release. MHN organizes Men’s Health Month events nationwide and provides brochures and other resources. “They’re a great way for health care providers, policy makers, the media, and individuals to educate men, their families, and the public on a wide range of men’s health issues, including cancers, hypogonadism, cardiovascular problems, [and] sexual and mental health concerns.”
MHN, along with APhA, is on the board of the National Council on Patient Information and Education, which coordinates Pharmacy Today’s monthly “One to One” column on patient counseling.
Following are MHN-suggested activities to promote Men’s Health Month. A free event planner is available at www.mhnhealthzone.com.
- Hold a “Wear Blue Day” to raise awareness about men’s health and Men’s Health Month. Choose a day for you and your staff to wear blue, from blue accessories to head-to-toe blue work attire. Choose a goal amount, and have your team and anyone else who wants to participate donate any amount for wearing blue. Sell blue prostate cancer pins to wear in support of the fight against prostate cancer. Include an educational event, such as a men’s health presentation. Hold a contest for the best blue attire or a bake sale to raise additional donations.
- Host a health fair or mini–health fair. Coordinate with other health professionals and organizations (nonprofits, wellness centers, hospitals) to set up health information booths. Provide health screenings such as blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, prostate specific antigen (PSA), and body fat. Recruit other businesses to provide fitness demonstrations and healthy cooking demonstrations. Set up tables with brochures on heart health, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, blood pressure, and so on. (For brochures, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or download them from www.menshealthlibrary.com.)
- Give a presentation on men’s health or ask a local nurse, physician, or health educator to provide one.
- Hold a fundraiser for MHN prostate cancer outreach efforts.
- Organize a 5K walk in your town. Place donation jars in your pharmacy and at local restaurants and stores.
- Ask local churches and other faith-based organizations to talk about Men’s Health Month and to include information about it in church flyers or newsletters.
- Request your City Council to issue a resolution on National Men’s Health Week (June 15–21), alert the media, and invite community members to the signing. Send a copy of the proclamation to email@example.com for display on the website.
More information and resources about Men’s Health Month are available in both English and Spanish from www.menshealthmonth.org.