Public Health Management Corporation
Report: Health Status of Men in SE PA
THE HEALTH STATUS OF MEN IN SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA: HEALTH BEHAVIORS AND ACCESS TO CARE
June is Men’s Health Month, which is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Men die 5.2 years earlier than women, on average.1 Men are at higher risk for early death because a higher percentage of men have no health care coverage and men may have less healthy lifestyles, including risk-taking at younger ages.2 Men in Southeastern Pennsylvania face similar barriers to care as men nationally.
Public Health Management Corporation’s (PHMC) Center for Data Innovation and the Community Health Data Base (CHDB) used data from the 2012 Household Health Survey on the health of men, 18 years or older, for this analysis. The Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) Household Health Survey is administered by telephone in more than 10,000 households in the SEPA region, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties. Every two years, this survey collects key health information on SEPA residents to support health programs across the five county area.
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