Areas of Service
Support for Veterans
Therapy, Music, Yoga, and Relaxation Techniques are offered to combat PTSD, depression, conflict-resolution and domestic violence.
HIV/AIDS prevention and health education decreases the life-limiting physical, mental and social health concerns that occur with greater frequency among black, males.
Health Fairs, community events and training to other health care providers and therapists are offered to teach yoga, meditation, art, music, and empowerment.
Better health makes better men and better men make better families and communities. – “Dr. Jean Bonhomme”.
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Greetings from The National Black Men’s Health Network!
We are a non-profit, 501c3 organization serving the community since June 1987. Our mission is to provide health education to all and reach black men, boys, and their families with health awareness messages and tools, screening programs, relaxation techniques, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation.
Through a class called Health Smarts, we use music, meditation, yoga, counseling and health education to improve the health of the entire family. Men and boys have a number of serious debilitating and life-limiting health concerns that occur with exclusively or with greater frequency among individuals with the male gender. Prostate cancer occurs with comparable frequency and mortality to breast cancer, but the former receives much less funding and media attention. Men are less likely to have health insurance and less likely to have seen a doctor in the past year than women. While the average life expectancy of women and men was about equal in the 1920’s, life expectancy increased at an unequal rate such that there is now a six to a seven-year gap between the genders. Men’s average life expectancy is now nearly 10% less than that for women.
One of the reasons that men’s health is a particular concern to black men is that many of the health issues that affect men more frequently than women, such as prostate cancer and homicide, statistically appear to affect black men most of all. As the only group in America still with a life expectancy only in the mid-sixties, many black men do not live long enough to collect social security or Medicare.
We now have scientific evidence that disease has determinants and does not just come about at random. At least 80% of deaths are lifestyle-related, and as we acquire more knowledge about the causes of disease, that percent is only likely to grow. Men die more from all of the ten leading causes of death than women do; yet little attention has been paid to the health and longevity of this segment of the population. It is time for this oversight to be corrected, and your highly commendable efforts are a long overdue step in that direction.
Dr. Jean Bonhomme, MD, MPH
President of NBMHN