Pathways to Men’s Health: About Pathways 2 through 5
Pathway 2 – Promoting Paternal Involvement in Pregnancy Outcomes
The perinatal period has been long recognized as the ‘golden opportunity moment’ for intervention with fathers because it is typically a time when:
– Fathers are uniquely available – physically and emotionally;
– Fathers may be receptive to health messages;
– Domestic abuse and other negative behaviors by fathers can be challenged;
– Fathers may become more involved in infant care;
– Patterns of paternal involvement in pregnancy may endure after birth;
– Mothers’ childbirth experience will be improved.
Pathway 3 – A Focus on the Life Course, or Key Life Experiences
In developing our campaign plan, we targeted the life course (or key life experiences), as described by Wethington E. The life course has played an increasing role in understanding population health and well-being. The life course approach views health as a result of risk behaviors, protective factors, and environmental mediators that have an effect on the health and longevity of boys and men. Table 1 provides a summary of the Life Course concept, part of which promotes a focus on preconception health and care.
Pathway 4 – Recommendations of the Joint Center Commission on Paternal Involvement in Pregnancy Outcomes – Best and Promising Recommendations [COPIPO]
Focus Area 1: Addressing Policy Barriers to Paternal Involement
Focus Area 2: Promoting Best and Promising Practice in Paternal Involvment
Focus Area 2A: Preconception and Reproductive Life Planning
Focus Area 2B: Pregnancy and Childbirth
Focus Area 3: Expanding Research on Paternal Involvement and Pregnancy Outcomes
To review any of the 40 Commission recommendations, click here.
Pathway 5 – Establishment of a National Office on Men’s Health
Few pathways have been suggested to advance theory, research and practice in men’s health. One pathway is promoting legislation that would establsih and Office on Men’s Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The office would coordinate national, state, and local activities, programs, and research within the men’s health field. Its work would mirror the work of the existing federal Office on Women’s Health, which has helped to save thousands of women’s lives and has improved the lives of many more.
The needed Office of Men’s Health would be an evidence-based resource center for health information, best practices, messaging, and resources to reach men in all phases and aspects of their lives. A first step was taken in addressing men’s health at the federal level with the authorization of an Office of Men’s Health in the Indian Health Service as part of the Affordable Care Act.
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