|Drs. Mendoza and Payton|
Jackson, Mississippi -- Men’s Health month is celebrated nationally every June by many offerings of health screenings, health fairs and outreach activities. Under the direction of Dr. Marinelle Payton, Jackson State University (JSU) is in its sixth year of celebrating Men’s Health month by holding its annual “Men’s Health and Healthcare Conference." Dr. Payton directs the JSU Center for Excellence on Minority Health and Health Disparities and is the Principal Investigator for the JSU Institute for Epidemiology and Health Services Research. “The purpose of the annual Men’s Health and Healthcare conferences is to provide a forum to educate and empower men to take a proactive approach to improve the quality of their lives. The conferences are designed to address major issues and diseases facing men.”
This year Dr. Sheon H. Mendoza, internal medicine physican of St. Domincs Hospital in Jackson, served as the opening speaker. Dr. Mendoza provided meeting participants with strategies to best interact with men for protecting health. ““We all can play a role in identifying correctable men's health problems in our everyday lives if we learn what to look for. I used my time to teach people how to spot potential health problems in casual situations.”
|Dr. Hill speaking at the conference|
NIA contributed to the success of this year’s conference. Dr. Carl V. Hill, Director of NIA’s Office of Special Populations served as keynote speaker for the luncheon meeting held at the Jackson Convention Complex. “It was great to visit Jackson State University and speak with community members, graduate students and faculty that have a real passion for improving the health of men in Mississippi. We hope to continue our collaboration with Jackson State by motivating faculty to apply for the Butler Williams Scholars Program and working specifically with Jackson State’s Center for Excellence in Minority Health and Health Disparities.”
Hill used his keynote address to point out men’s health behaviors as a nexus for health status and that for some marginalized men, these behaviors may be viewed as contextualized coping. He emphasized the importance of gainful employment and effective social networks for protecting men’s health and addressing related health disparities.