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Tennessee Men's Health Report Card

Click here for additional data and information from the Tennessee Men's Health Report Card, including trends from 2007-2012 and additional maps, can be viewed by clicking on underlined topic.

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Summary of the 2014 Tennessee Men's Health Report Card

The 2014 Tennessee Men’s Health Report Card released on June 10th in conjunction with the Tennessee Cancer Coalition Summit, reports area of progess for men in our state, areas where Tennessee men still lag far behind national goals, and areas where racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes persist. The data in the Report Card are generously provided by the Tennessee Department of Health, which has been a partner in both the Men's and Women's Health Report cards since 2008.  The health outcomes and health behaviors reported are from 2012, the most recent year for which full data was available.  Changes in health indicators, both positive and negative, over the years 2007 through 2012 are also reported.

2014 Report Card Cover Key findings include:


Men in Tennessee lived, on average, five years less than women in 2012.

 Over half of the deaths for men in Tennessee in 2012 can be attributed to 3 conditions--heart disease (24.7%), cancer (24.4%) and chronic lung disease (5.6%). These are conditions where improvements in levels physical activty, diet, tobacco use behaviors and early diagnosis and care can make a difference in outcomes, quality and length of life.

 Main causes of death for men vary dramatically by age.  Among younger adult men 18-34,  forty percent of deaths are due to unintentional injuries and motor vehicle accidents, and another thirty percent to intentional homicide and suicide.

The rates of deaths examined in the Report Card are not distributed evenly among men in our state by ethnicity, race, or place.   

  • Black men in Tennessee bear an excess burden of  heart disease,  stroke, diabetes, kidney disease, homicide, pneumonia and influenza,  AIDs and cancers of the prostate, colon and rectum, and lung.  However, between 2007 and 2012 the rates of each of these conditions were improving.

  • White men bear an excess burden of suicide, unintentional injuries (including drug-related poisonings and overdoses), motor vehicle accidents, lung disease and liver disease.  Between 2007 and 2012, the rates for each of these conditions for White men, with the exception of motor vehicle accidents and lung disease, were statistically stagnant, or getting worse.

  • Hispanic men, overall a younger population, have lower rates of death for most chronic conditions and higher grades overall, but received lowest grades on rates of  colorectal cancer, chronic liver disease, motor vehicle accidents and suicides. Death rates from kidney disease among Hispanic men also grew worse over the period 2007-2012.

  • When data were mapped by Health Department Region, there were often wide variations geographically and it is not clear whether these are due to differences in environmental factors, in urban vs. rural lifestyles and occupations,  or  in access to and use of health care services.

Additional data, not shown in the Report Card, including maps of rates of death and graphs illustrating the trends in the data, can be accessed by clicking on the links in the right hand column.  The links on the left hand column will take you to resources to learn more about how men, their families, their health providers, their communities might take action to improve men's health in our state.


We would like to thank the members of the 2014 Report Card Advisory Panel, who generously volunteered their time and expertise to preparing this Report Card, and who continue to work on sharing the findings with their own communities. 

The following organizations provided the financial support and resources needed to publish this Report Card, and to promote regional events to discuss how best to respond to the health challenges men in Tennessee face.

list of sponsors 2014 TMHRC


The Tennessee Men’s Health Report Cards provide state-based data on the health status of nearly 3 million adult men in the state of Tennessee on over 30 indicators of health outcomes, health behaviors, and factors in our society that impact the health of populations in significant ways. The statewide data for each indicator is compared to national benchmarks for health improvement established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Healthy People 2020 Report, and the gap between the goal and the outcome is graded.  It is our hope that by focusing attention of men, their loved ones, their health providers, and their communities on men's health concerns, we can work together to improve men's health and well-being.

We'd like your feedback on the 2014 Report Card and this website. Please click here to take a brief, anonymous feedback survey!  Thank you.

View pictures from Report Card Launch  by clicking here.

See agendas, pictures, reports from Regional Men's Health Events:


Johnson City


Upcoming Men's Health Events Across Tennessee ...

The Division of Health Planning for the State Department of Public Health is holding a series of nine public meetings across the state in July and August to focus on draft Goals for the state. Remainnig dates and addresses are posted below.  Please consider attending and reviewing the draft State Health Plan and priorities:

Dyersberg   Dyersberg State Community College, Campus Activities Building, FCNB Auditorium  1510 Lake Road  Thursday  July 31, 12:30-2:30 PM

Cookeville  Tennessee Technological University,  Nursing and Health Sciences Building,  Room 260, 1 William Jones Drive  Wednesday, August 6, 1:30-3:30 PM

Jackson   Jackson State Community College, Science Building,  Frank Dodson Science Auditorium,  2046 North Parkway  Tuesday, August 12,  12:30-2:30 PM

Murfreeseboro   Patterson Community Center,  521 Mercury Boulevard  Wednesday, August 20,  12:30-2:30 PM

Chattanooga  Erlanger Hospital, Probasco Auditorium, 975 East 3rd Street   Monday, August 25th,  10:30 AM-12:30 PM              


HHS Office of Minority Health has just released a Data Brief that looks at the characteristics of uninsured adult males by race and ethnicity, and social determinants using data from the 2012 American Community Survey.  To download, click HERE.                                 

TNA-TASN Joint Conference October 10-12, 2014:  Nurses Transforming HealthCare:  A World of Opportunity. Embassy Suites, Murfreesboro.  For more information, visit                                                                                                                                               

 For additional information about coming and past Men's Health activities in Tennessee, click HERE.

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