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WASHINGTON Following a successful series launch during Men's Health Month, the third in the webinar series, "Running Strong: A Conversation with Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills on Native Men's Health' webinar was recorded on September 10, and it featured a tireless advocate for the promotion of health in Native boys and men, Mr. Mills, who has shared his incredible experience.
The podcast can be heard by clicking here »
Billy Mills, Oglala Lakota, is a recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal and member of the US Olympic Hall of fame. He shocked the world when he came from behind to win the gold medal in the 10,000 meter race. At the time, he set a world record of 28 minutes 24.4 seconds and he is still the only American to ever win a gold medal in the 10,000 meters. Mills is a tireless advocate for the promotion of health in Native boys and men.
American Indian and Alaska Native males experience death rates 200 to 500 percent greater than AI/AN females for suicide, HIV/AIDS, homicide, unintentional injuries, diabetes, firearm injury, and alcohol-related deaths and 10 to 50 percent higher than AI/AN females from cancer, heart disease, and liver disease. The American Indian and Alaska Natives are the only racial/ethnic group in which males experience higher levels of self-reported psychological distress than females. To date, these disparities are not widely acknowledged and subsequently, American Indian and Alaska Native male-focused interventions have rarely been attempted.
Men's Health Network is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men, boys, and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health prevention messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation.
posted September 13, 2013 2:10 pm edt