Men's Health Week
International Men’s Health Week 2020 starts on 15 June
Men’s Health Week is 26 years old this year! It began in the U.S. in 1994 following a Senate Joint Resolution to establish the Week by Senator Bob Dole. President Clinton signed the bill on 31 May. The Week was linked to Father’s Day in the U.S. (the Week always ends on that Day, the third Sunday in June) and it became an international event in 2002 when it was first marked in the UK. It has since been adopted in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand and beyond. The Week provides an opportunity for a wide range of organizations and individuals to draw attention to the poor state of men’s health, organize activities that engage men, and advocate changes to health policy and practice. In short, it puts men’s health on the map both nationally and globally.
This year, with the world still in the grip of a pandemic that has exacted a particularly heavy price on men, Men’s Health Week is particularly significant. It is our chance to remind politicians, policymakers, health professionals and the public that men are worth saving.
During Men’s Health Week, on 19 June, GAMH will be publishing a new report, From the Margins to the Mainstream: Advocating the inclusion of men’s health in policy. This scoping study examines the policy response to men’s health to date, the barriers to policy development, the currently-available opportunities and, most importantly, the policy priorities and the next steps necessary for their achievement through effective advocacy.
The report’s launch will coincide with the publication of a Comment piece on men’s health in The Lancet written by GAMH Director Peter Baker with Alan White and Rosemary Morgan.
GAMH is holding two webinars to share and discuss the report’s findings. The first is on 17 July, timed to suit people in Europe, the Americas and Africa. The second, on 1 July, is timewise better suited to people in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The webinar flyer contains details of the times and also how to register.
14 June 2020