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The Tennessee Men’s Health Report Card: A Model for Men’s Health Policy Advocacy and Education

Griffith, Derek M ; Semlow, Andrea R ; Leventhal, Mike ; Sullivan, Clare

American journal of men's health, 2019-10, Vol.13 (5), p.1557988319882586-1557988319882586 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    The Tennessee Men’s Health Report Card: A Model for Men’s Health Policy Advocacy and Education
  • Author: Griffith, Derek M ; Semlow, Andrea R ; Leventhal, Mike ; Sullivan, Clare
  • Subjects: Health education ; Mens health ; Health care policy ; Index Medicus ; men’s health disparities ; men’s health ; health policy ; men’s health report card ; men’s health equity ; program evaluation ; advocacy ; men’s health report ; monitoring ; Original
  • Is Part Of: American journal of men's health, 2019-10, Vol.13 (5), p.1557988319882586-1557988319882586
  • Description: Tennessee is the only state in the United States that has regularly published a document monitoring men’s health and assessing men’s health disparities. Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the Tennessee Department of Health, Meharry Medical College, Tennessee Men’s Health Network, and health providers and advocates across the state have come together to publish a set of indicators as the Tennessee Men’s Health Report Card (TMHRC). This article describes the origins, structure, development, and lessons learned from publishing report cards in 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2017. The report card highlights statistically significant changes in trends over time, identifies racial, ethnic, age, and geographic differences among men, highlights connections to regional and statewide public health initiatives, and suggests priorities for improving men’s health in Tennessee. State data were compared to Healthy People 2020 Objectives and graded based on the degree of discrepancy between the goal and the current reality for Tennessee men. Over the four iterations of the report card, the TMHRC team has made significant adjustments to the ways they analyze and present the data, utilize grades and graphics, consider the implications of the data for the economic well-being of the state, and disseminate the findings across the state to different stakeholders. It is important to go beyond creating a summary of information; rather, data should be shared in ways that are easily understood, actionable, and applicable to different audiences. It is also critical to highlight promising policy and programmatic initiatives to improve men’s health in the state.
  • Publisher: Los Angeles, CA: SAGE Publications
  • Language: English
  • Identifier: ISSN: 1557-9883
    EISSN: 1557-9891
    DOI: 10.1177/1557988319882586
    PMID: 31631746
  • Source: © ProQuest LLC All rights reserved

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