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Men's Health Project - Community Outreach

The Men’s Health Project offers a range of community outreach services.

Peer Blood Pressure Screening: Men learn how to do blood pressure screening, receive information for heart health, and get a blood pressure screening kit. You can do screening with friends and family or participate in community events.

Men’s Health Forums: A place for men to share a healthy meal, learn about health, talk with other men. Forums are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6-8pm. Location changes quarterly.

Colorectal Cancer Messengers Training and Presentations: Men, women, and youth learn the message that "colorectal cancer affects us all, but it can be prevented and treated if we get screened." Messengers receive materials and pledge cards to help spread the message to family, friends, and the community. Project volunteers provide community presentations on colorectal health awareness.

Health Information Booth: MHP volunteers are available to set up a booth at community events to provide health information and do blood pressure screening.

Speakers on Men’s Health Topics: Project volunteers are available to share information and facilitate discussions on a range of health topics relevant to men: prostate health, colorectal health, blood pressure and hypertension, physical fitness and nutrition, diabetes, cancer, and lung disease.

Communities of Color Stand Up: Help us identify, highlight, encourage, and support local efforts to prevent or reduce underage drinking and irresponsible alcohol use (i.e., church groups, community groups, youth programs, neighborhood efforts, etc.). Send us the names of community groups and individuals who are taking action. Our target communities are African American, Native American, and Latino. This is a partnership grant with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC).

Our Health Alliance: MHP is developing a web-based tool to allow health promotion organizations in the African American community to network with and support one another, and coordinate their efforts to most effectively reach the community. The second phase of the project is to provide a central location for community members to find out about local health promotion initiatives, activities, and information. Community organizations involved in African American health promotion are encouraged to contact us. This is a partnership grant through the Office of Multicultural Health and Services.

To get involved in any of the community outreach services, or to request services, contact Chuck Smith at 503-725-4815, smithch@pdx.edu

 


Communities of Color Stand Up

Strengthening our capacity to eliminate underage and irresponsible alcohol use OLCC Grant Award

What is the project?
The Men’s Health Project, through the Center for Healthy Inclusive Parenting (CHIP) at Portland State University, is working in collaboration with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to support communities of color in addressing the threats of underage and irresponsible alcohol use.

The project aims to reach the African American, Native American, and Latino communities in the Portland Metro area (Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties). The intent of this project is to lay a foundation for a sustainable network among and within communities of color to share culturally relevant practices and support one another’s efforts. The project will continue through March 2011.

Our goal: what we will do
Our goal is to identify and encourage culturally relevant grassroots initiatives that raise awareness about and help reduce underage drinking and irresponsible alcohol use.

  1. Develop a list of who is active and what is happening within minority communities to raise awareness about and reduce irresponsible alcohol use and underage drinking, especially informal and volunteer efforts.
  2. Build a network of folks talking with and learning from one another, both within specific communities of color and between groups.

How we will do this
First, we will connect with the three communities and develop an inventory of formal and informal programs and initiatives. We will post this information on a website for the public to access.

Second, we will provide opportunities for groups to connect and share their stories and strategies. This will include networking meetings among involved community members, and a public conference event to facilitate collaborative learning among activists from communities of color.

Third, we will assist each community in developing and training a cadre of people who can share their stories and relevant information as part of a “speakers bureau” service within each community.

Fourth, we will develop a “toolkit” of materials based on the work of people/groups within the three communities of color.

How you can be a part of this effort

  • Tell us about formal and informal groups and individuals who are working in their communities to deal with teenage drinking and adult alcohol abuse.
  • Tell us about a program or initiative that you have been involved with.
  • Let us know if you are interested in working on any of the project tasks.
  • Let us know if you are interested in speaking with others to raise awareness about the risks of alcohol abuse.

News Release from OLCCpdf

Contact Chuck Smith at 503-725-4815, smithch@pdx.edu