Integrating Gender in Medical Education

International Men's Health Week is an international week celebrated in several countries to focus on issues facing men's health. International Men's Health Week began at an international level in 2002 when representatives from six men's health organizations around the world met in a meeting organized by Men's Health Network at the 2nd World Congress on Men's Health in Vienna, Austria and resolved to work together to launch International Men's Health Week (IMHW). This meeting followed preliminary discussions in 2001, at the first World Congress on Men's Health, about the need to coordinate awareness periods around the globe. Physicians and men's health activists mark Men's Health Week with awareness campaigns to highlight additional health concerns such as diabetes, osteoporosis, family health, workplace accidents, and men's higher likelihood of suicide or being a victim of homicide.

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Putting Men's Health Care Disparities on the Map: Examining Racial and Ethnic Disparities at the State Level
Men and women use health care differently. In some cases, men and women use different types of care and in others, services are utilized at different rates. Men generally use health care at lower rates than women. This is largely due to lower rates of chronic illness among men as well as women’s reproductive health care needs. In addition to gender differences, men of different racial and ethnic backgrounds access and utilize care differently. Find out more →


Men’s Health : A Different Perspective
The paper presents various aspects like alcoholism, smoking, certain diseases and conditions unique to men, the impact of relationship issues on men’s health and also the expectations of the society from men and its impact on men’s health. Find out more →


Practical Solutions to Addressing Men's Health Disparities: Guest Editorial
The paper represent a range of efforts to not simply explain men’s health disparities, but to describe interventions or findings in such a way that they inform strategies to reduce or eliminate men’s health disparities. This body of work uses a variety of research methods, captures global, social and economic developmental issues, and provides practical solutions that can be implemented by various stakeholders at various levels. Find out more →


Masculinity in Men’s Health: Barrier or Portal to Healthcare
The paper discusses masculinity and how it may affect men’s health and health-related behavior. The paper discusses how masculinity is conceptualized and measured, how masculinity and manhood shape men’s health behaviors, and then how men define health. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of environmental factors that shape how men engage in health-related behaviors that not only influence their health outcomes but are used to demonstrate their identities as men. Find out more →


A Global Perspective on the Field of Men’s Health: An Editorial
This article outlines precepts for developing new theoretical paradigms and research models and offers direction for social scientists and practitioners in the nascent field of men’s health. It advocates interdisciplinary approaches that explore how biological, sociocultural, psychological, and behavioral factors interact to mediate the physical and mental health of men and boys. It recommends that these approaches apply social structural analyses, examine geographic and cultural contexts, integrate recent theory and research on masculinity, and develop relational paradigms that recognize dynamic intersections of various social factors. Find out more →


Why Men Die Younger: Causes of Mortality Differences by Sex
This paper attempts to synthesize the evidence supporting and refuting the hypotheses for the sex mortality differential. The extent of the sex mortality differential is examined. It has existed since at least 1750 and occurs at all age groups—even prenatally—in nearly all animal species studied and for almost every major cause of death. Evidence supports both the biological/genetic and the social/cultural/environmental/behavioral schools of hypotheses, as well as interactions between the two, but the determining component may revolve around the differing chromosomes and hormones between the sexes. Behavioral distinctions, especially cigarette smoking, also affect the sex mortality differential. Find out more →


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