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Media Fact Sheet on the proposed Office of Men's Health at the Department of Health and Human Services

This legislation will establish an Office of Men's Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This office will mirror the work of the existing Office of Women's Health, which has helped to save thousands of women's lives and has improved the lives of many more.

Why is an Office of Men's Health Needed?

There is an ongoing, increasing and predominantly silent crisis in the health and well-being of American men. Due to a lack of awareness, poor health education, and a paucity of male-specific health programs, men's health and well-being are deteriorating steadily. The deterioration of men's health is best illustrated by the life-expectancy gap. In 1920, the life expectancy difference between men and women was one year but by 1990 that had increased to over five years with men having a higher death rate from each of the leading causes of death.

There is a need for an Office on Men's Health to develop strategies, coordinate research activities, recommend public policies, engage in public-private partnerships, and take other actions that will encourage men to engage in healthy lifestyles, promote awareness of and early detection of diseases that adversely affect men, and search for answers to the perplexing problem of the deteriorating condition of men's health.

Health Facts

In 1920, women lived, on average, one year longer than men. Now, men, on average, die over five years earlier than women, and are more likely to become victims of many conditions such as cancer, stroke, heart disease, depression, and suicide. For details, read:

Men's Health Facts flyer
The Silent Health Crisis
Health Insurance Coverage by Sex
Premature Death Among Men = Poverty for Aging Women
Aging in America
Life Expectancy by Sex and Race, History: 1920-2004
Age Adjusted Death Rates and Infant Mortality
Top Causes of Death

The Office of Women's Health, established in 1991, has helped to improve the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of women. The Office of Men's Health could help to do the same for men.

Males are at higher risk from most causes of injury and are disproportionately represented in the deaths that may result. Between the ages of 15 and 19 years, males are about 2.5 times more likely to die of any unintentional injury, five times more likely to die of homicide or suicide, and 10.6 times more likely to die from drowning. (Source: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control,

A Government Accounting Office analysis of gender specific research funding at NIH indicates that spending on conditions that affect females exceeds the spending on conditions that affect males. (Source: GAO Report HEHS-00-96)

Advantages of a Gender Specific Health Office

The advancements in women's health can be attributed to the proliferation of women's health offices in the various agencies. A cursory sampling finds the following:
HHS - Office of Women's Health

OWH Mission

The Office on Women's Health (OWH) was established in 1991 within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its Vision is to ensure that "All Women and Girls are Healthier and Have a Better Sense of Well Being." Its mission is to "provide leadership to promote health equity for women and girls through sex/gender-specific approaches." The strategy OWH uses to achieve its mission and vision is through the development of innovative programs, by educating health professionals, and motivating behavior change in consumers through the dissemination of health information.

NIH - Office of Research on Women's Health


Office of Research on Women's Health
National Institutes of Health

The Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) serves as a focal point for women's health research at the NIH. The ORWH promotes, stimulates, and supports efforts to improve the health of women through biomedical and behavioral research. ORWH works in partnership with the NIH institutes and centers to ensure that women's health research is part of the scientific framework at NIH and throughout the scientific community.

NCI - Office of Women's Health
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - Women's Health Initiative
CDC - Office of Women's Health
FDA - Office of Women's Health
HRSA - Office of Women's Health

For further information, please contact:
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Washington, DC 20013
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