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Tennessee Men's Health Report Card

About the Tennessee Men's Health Report Cards

The  Tennessee Men’s Health Report Card provides state-based data on the health status of more than 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  their health and well-being.

The Report Card is put together every two years by a statewide team of health professionals and health advocates, convened by the Vanderbilt Institute for Medicine and Public Health, the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Meharry Medical College, and the Tennessee Department of Health. The team assesses trends and disparities that are seen in the data. 

Efforts are now underway to develop the  2014 Tennessee Men’s Health Report Card Watch this website for updates on our progress and to learn how to get involved. If you are interested in learning more about Men’s Health concerns in our state, want to share what your organization or community is doing to promote men's health,  want to use the Report Card at Men’s Health events in your community, please  contact us . 

If you're interested in reviewing past Report on links below!

Report Card coverThe 2012 Tennessee Men’s Health Report Card indicated that some important progress had been made, but that there was room for improvement. There were also areas where significant negative trends signaled concern.  Click here    for the PDF version of the 2012 Report Card or here to learn more about the specific findings and background of that Report .

2010 Report Card coverTo download the 2010 Tennessee Men's Health Report Card click here   or click here for more background about this initial Report Card effort.


















Mens' Health News and Highlights.

State of Aging in Tennessee. The Tennessee Governor’s Task Force on Aging has just released its strategic plan to meet the needs of older Tennesseans and their families. The Report profiles the state of health and wellbeing of Tennessee seniors, and makes recommendations for how communities can build on effective programming, and respond to gaps and limitations in services documented in the Report. Contact the Tennessee Commission on Aging for more information.

The BOYS INITIATIVE is a national organization dedicated to improving educational, mental health, and health outcomes for young men who find themselves faced with defining new roles in a rapidly changing economy and society.  They have just released a HEALTH PROVIDER TOOLKIT for ADOLESCENT and YOUNG ADULT MALES that will soon be adapted for youth and parents.  Click here to access the Tool Kit and learn more about the BOYS INITIATIVE.

My brother’s keeper initiative. Data from Tennessee and across the country continues to confirm that boys and young men of color are disproportionately at risk—for lower academic achievement, higher unemployment, greater exposure to violence, and worse health outcomes-- from their youngest years through the early stages of their young adult lives. Learn about a nationwide public-private initiative involving collaboration among multiple federal agencies, private foundations and corporations, to expand policies and programs that are effective in preparing and keeping young men in school, making neighborhoods safer, and increasing access to needed health services. Click here for more information.

Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network released Status of Suicide in Tennessee 2014 in January.  The report discusses suicide trends over the past several years, including stable rates among teens but rising rates throughout adulthood and midlife, with rates among men in every racial gorup continuing to be four times higher than in women.  Click here to download a copy of the report.

Men’s health legislation in Tennessee Assembly.  The Tennessee legislature is considering legislation to urge expansion of health insurance coverage for preventive health services for men not currently required by essential benefits under the Affordable Care Act. To follow this bill, please click here.


We welcome announcements of men's health activities in your community and personal stories of how men in your community have improved their health. Please send postings to

Please give us your feedback on the Report Cards and this website:


Save the Date: April 24th and  25th, 2014 for a Lloyd C. Elam Symposium on Update on Mental Health, Health Disparities and the Affordable Care Act,  Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee.  More details to follow.

For more information on the following topics, please click on the embedded link:

healthiertennessee!  Learn how you can join the movement to make Tennessee a healthier state.

Organizations working to improve Men's Health across our State

Link to Health Information Tennessee, Tennessee Department of Health to query county and regional data 

Link to Healthy People 2020: Improving the Health of Americans--national public health goals

How Tennessee ranks nationally on Men's Health issues

Additional Resources on Men's Health

Presentations on Tennessee Men's Health Report Card