Men are often reluctant to seek medical care unless they are very sick, and they are twice as likely as women to report that they have no usual source of health care, despite health statistics showing that men's life expectancy is shorter than women's and men of color are disproportionately affected by chronic diseases such as type II diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease (Centers for Disease Control Prevention; Center for Health Statistics). Recent research indicates that more than six million men in the United States have depression in a given year and at least 10 percent of fathers are depressed both before and after their children are born (National Institute of Mental Health, Depression in Men, 2016; Paulson and Bazemore, Journal of the American Medical Association, 2010). Underlining a need to focus on the health of low-income Americans, other recent studies have highlighted significant increases over the last 20 years in midlife mortality rates for non-Hispanic whites with a high school diploma or less (Case and Deaton, Princeton University, 2017) and data from the National Health Interview Survey (2006-2014) indicate that many of the 8.3 million Americans with serious psychological distress (SPD) are without health insurance (Weissman et al, Psychiatric Services, 2017).
This webinar presented information and resources to help fathers improve their own health and well-being, and the health and well-being of their children. We looked at how fatherhood programs can talk with fathers about topics such as healthy eating and sleeping habits, healthy physical activity, and accessing preventive care. The webinar also provided an overview of some recent NRFC products, including two research briefs, Healthy Fathers Healthy Families and Depression Among Urban Fathers with Young Children; and four Child Safety Tip Sheets (Keeping Babies Safe, Keeping Young Kids Safe, Keeping Kids Safe, and Keeping Teens Safe).
- Charles Daniels, Founder/ CEO, Fathers' Uplift, Inc., Roxbury, MA
- Craig Garfield, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
- Albert Pless, Program Manager, Men's Health League, Cambridge Public Health Department, Cambridge, MA
Facilitator: Nigel Vann, National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
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