NIH Health Disparities Seminar Series – June 2013

In honor of Men's Health Month and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBT) Pride Month, the NIH Health Disparities Seminar series for June will focus on Men's Health Disparities: A Complex Conundrum. A moderated panel of three researchers will examine current research and outreach efforts aimed at improving the health of men from racial/ethnic minority; and gay, bisexual and transgender communities, followed by an interactive dialogue on future directions for addressing men's health.

In the United States, men have poorer health outcomes and lower life expectancies than women. This is particularly evident in health disparity populations, including racial/ethnic minority, low-income, and rural populations. There is a paucity of data pertaining to the underlying cause of this sex/gender disparity within and across health disparity populations, which necessitates increased research and actions to understand the complex interplay of factors that disproportionately affect the health and wellbeing of men and boys. These influences include access to and utilization of male-specific preventive health services, exposure to workplace hazards, propensity for risk-taking behavior, exposure to violence and incarceration, and other independent and interdependent factors.

Presentation Title:

Masculinity, social isolation, depression and sexual risk-taking among economically marginalized Latino men


Miguel Munoz-Laboy, DrPH (Click here for bio)

Associate Professor, School of Social Work

Department of Population Health and Department of Medicine

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

Presentation Summary:

This presentation will examine the influence of social, cultural and environmental factors contributing to loneliness, depression and sexual-drug risk taking behavior among economically marginalized Latino men. It will focus on describing how social isolation is produced in the lives of these men; b) the statistical associations and qualitative evidence between social isolation, hypermasculinity, and (mental and sexual) health risk outcomes; c) the limitations of the available evidence, and d) potential strategies for early, effective interventions. It will also highlight research on the socio-cultural and structural determinants of health risks among youth and adult males residing in different geographical regions within the U.S. and abroad including New York City; Buenos Aires, Argentina, Durbin, South Africa and Hanoi, Vietnam.

Presentation Title:

Addressing Multilevel Determinants of Men’s Health Disparities through Education, Outreach, and Research


Brian M. Rivers, Ph.D., MPH (Click here for bio)

Assistant Member

Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute

Tampa, FL

Presentation Summary:

The Men's Health Forum (MHF), a community health promotion event in Tampa, FL, was instituted to address the determinants of health, including the confluence of an individual’s income and educational attainment, early life experiences, work environment, housing, and neighborhood characteristics. The aim of the MHF is to provide medical screenings and health education to men who are uninsured, underinsured, or do not have a regular health care provider. This presentation will examine: a) the purpose and impact of a community-based initiative (MHF), in addressing multilevel determinants of health; and b) the role of mobile tablet technology in delivering evidenced-based cancer prevention and control messages, to men of color in community settings.

Presentation Title:

Community-based Participatory Research to Reduce HIV Health Disparities among Latino Gay and Bisexual men, MSM, and Transgender persons in the Southeast


Scott Rhodes, Ph.D., MPH (Click here for bio)

Professor and Vice Chair

Department of Social Science and Health Policy

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Winston-Salem, NC

Presentation Summary:

Latinos in the US have been disproportionately affected by HIV and sexually transmitted infections. The Latino population in the Southeast is growing faster than other regions of the country and is predominantly young, male, and recently arrived. Providers are trying to "catch up" to this rapid population growth to develop infrastructure for bilingual and bicultural services. Through a community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnership, Dr. Rhodes and his colleagues have been developing, implementing, and evaluating interventions for immigrant Latinos in the Southeast to promote sexual health and reduce HIV risk for more than ten years. This presentation will describe selected behavioral and community-level interventions that the partnership has been implementing and evaluating for Latino gay and bisexual men, MSM, and transgender persons. Dr. Rhodes will outline current findings and lessons learned using CBPR.


Terrance Afer-Anderson (Click here for bio)

Health Promotion Educator

Virginia Department of Health, Norfolk District

Norfolk, VA


Thursday, June 20, 2013

2:00 - 3:30 P.M.

Seminar Video Recording:

Click here to view June's video recorded seminar.


NIH Campus

Masur Auditorium, Building 10

Bethesda, MD

Additional Information:

There is limited parking on the NIH campus. The closest Metro is Medical Center. Please allow adequate time for security check. The seminar will be video cast and made available in the NIH Video archives and on the NIMHD website after the seminar. Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations to participate should contact Edgar Dews at 301-402-1366 or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339.