Steve Petty, Director of Community Health Improvement
There is a silent health crisis facing our nation. American men are living shorter lives than American women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Health Statistics, there are many reasons for this disparity.
Studies show men tend to lead less healthy lifestyles. They smoke, drink, use illegal drugs and skip the sunscreen more often than women. They also take more risks than their female counterparts and are more reluctant to seek medical attention.
As a result, men are more likely to die from such preventable diseases as cancer, heart disease, and HIV. They’re also at a greater risk for accidents and committing suicide.
- Men on average are living about five years less than our female counterparts
- One-in-two men and one-in-three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime
- Men die at a higher percentage from nine out the 10 top causes of death Men are victims of more than 92 percent of the workplace deaths in our nation
- CDC report: Women are 100 percent more likely than men to seek preventative care
- U.S. Administration on Aging report (2001), "More than half of elderly widows now living in poverty were not poor before the death of their husbands.”
- 2000 Census Bureau report, "For women who marry men approximately their own age; more than 14 percent are widows as they retire (age 65-69).”
In response to the urgent need to address this situation and in an attempt to communicate the importance of regular health check-ups for men, the American Public Health Association recently created the National Men's Health Caucus.
The group is made up of academic, federal, state and local health departments, as well as representatives from both private and non-profit organizations.
INTEGRIS Health is proud to announce that our own Steve Petty will serve as treasurer for the newly formed collaboration. Petty is director of the hospital system’s Men’s Health University, an initiative established in 2004 to promote men’s wellness and education in a non-threatening casual atmosphere using humorous and/or sports-related themes.
Men-U as it is called consists of physician lectures for men on a variety of health topics, local health and wellness fairs and regular health screenings.
“To be able to represent INTEGRIS Health and Oklahoma will be an incredible experience,” says Petty. “I'm very proud of what we have accomplished in the area of men's health, and look forward to sharing our story, and learning what other states are doing to tackle men's health.”
Members of the National Men’s Health Caucus will work together to develop public health policy, programs, outreach, and awareness on behalf of men and their families everywhere.