It’s that time of the year: International Men’s Health Week (June 9-15, 2014)! Celebrated each year during the week prior to Father’s Day, this week is a reminder of the importance for men to take care of their health. As you may be aware, this is an area in which the male side of our species definitely has some work to do. In fact, statistics show that ethnic male health — especially that of Latino males — tends to lag behind that of white males. Moreover, in addition to having a higher propensity to suffering from conditions that can be prevented if detected early, such as diabetes or heart disease, men of color tend to lack health insurance.
This means more must be done more to educate ethnic males about medical care and prevention. This coming Wednesday, as part of my bi-weekly Affordable Care Act ‘virtual Town Hall’ series, I’ll be celebrating International Men’s Health Week with a special Google+ conversation on Latino Men’s Health.
Join me and my guests:
– George L. Askew, MD, the first chief medical officer for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
– Steven Lopez, Senior Health Policy Analyst at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
– Jose Plaza, National Director of Latino Engagement at Enroll America
So please share this with the Latino men in your life, send in your questions in the comments below, then tune in on Wednesday to watch the experts answer them LIVE!