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See newly created Infographics that convey the chief findings of the 2014 Tennessee Men's Health Report Card in graphic form.

  Fathers Incorporated is a not-for-profit organization devoted to strengthening families.  Their website provides resources on the importance of fathers in the lives of their children.  

  Men's Health Resource Center offers a series of Tool-Kits on important men's health issues. The Tool-Kits are designed to give men specific information on understanding what they need to do, when and why to live healthier and longer liver.

Men's Health Network updates Check-up and Screening Guidelines for Adult Male--click here for link.

Partnership for Male Youth releases Health Provider Toolkit for Adolescent and Young Adult Males.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kaiser Family Foundation have just released a new Report on "Progress Along the Continuum of HIV Care". 

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The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse/El Centro Nacional de Informacion para Paternidad Responsable

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Organizations that support Men's Health in Tennessee

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The Tennessee Tobacco Quit Line

Preventive Health Services for Adults now covered  by health insurance

Health provider TOOLKIT for adolescent and young adult men

The Men's Health Network

The Boys Initiative

My Brother's Keeper Initiative


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 here.

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. 

Please click here to learn more about Tennessee organizations that provided the financial support and resources needed to publish this Report Card, and who work daily to respond to the health challenges men in Tennessee face.




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.


Men's Health News and Events

A presentation on lessons learned from the Tennessee Men's Health Report Card will be given at the American Public Health Association's Annual Meeting and Expo in Chicago taking place October 31 through November 4th. Derek Griffith, Director of the Institute for Research on Men's Health at Vanderbilt, will make the presentation on behalf of the Advisory Committee for the 2014 Report Card.  Check back here on November 6th to view slides from the presentation.

A new website has been created to support men who suffer from depression.  HeadsUpGuys is a place for men to learn about the disease, about coping skills, and options for management.

INSURE TENNESSEE offers potential for single men and women earning below $16,000 per year or married couples earning below $21,700 to purchase affordable health insurance. Those whose employers offer health coverage could gain assistance in paying for premiums. Those without employer coverage could  enroll in an innovative new program called the Healthy Incentives Plan.   Though the plan was not approved during the 2015 legislative session advocates are working towards passage in 2016. To contact your legislator to let him/her know your opinion on extending heal coverage to over 300,000 men and women in our state, click here.  For additional information and to view a quick but informative video about INSURE TENNESSEE, click here.

 The HHS Office of Adolescent Health has announced a new initiative called TAG (Think, Act, Grow) to prioritize activities that improve adolescents' physical, social, emotional and behavioral health.  For more information, click HERE.

HHS Office of Minority Health has recently released a Data Brief that looks at the characteristics of uninsured adult males by race and ethnicity.  To download, click HERE.   

The Institute of Medicine has released a new report on Investing in the Health and Well Being of Young Adults.   To read the report, click HERE.


For archived information about past Men's Health activities in Tennessee, click HERE.

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