Let’s face it: Men don’t always take care of themselves as well as they should. That includes seeing their doctor for an annual checkup, when many health problems can be identified through screening and treated before they become more serious or even life-threatening.
In an effort to help inspire men to have an annual physical and to raise awareness about men’s health issues such as prostate cancer and colorectal cancer, Griffin Hospital launched the “Health Initiative for Men” (HiM), a community-wide preventive healthcare effort.
“The goal of the HiM is to influence men to see their physician annually, and to be screened for various diseases that respond better to treatment if detected early,” said Patrick Charmel, Griffin President and CEO. “We are launching this effort, in large part, as a response to recent data, which indicate that men in the Valley have significantly higher rates of mortality than men in Connecticut on average for both prostate cancer and colorectal cancer.”
The HiM has designed an insert that can be enclosed in a man's birthday card or given by itself to encourage area men to "get to the doctor" for their annual check-ups. The cards, which include health screening guidelines on the back, are available at Griffin Hospital and its outpatient locations.
"Taking Care of HiM"- the Health Initiative for Men on CT Style
Health Initiative for Men, on CT Style