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Men Deserve To Live - Round 4
posted by Scott on Tuesday July 25, @06:46PM
from the keep-the-ball-rolling dept.
Men's Health Yet another round of Ed Bartlett's "Men Deserve to Live" action alerts has been released from Men's Health America. Please join us in promoting men's health by working to get the Men's Health Act of 2000 passed. Click "Read More..." to learn more.


OK, this is the week that I'd like you to call your local newspaper and suggest they run a story on men's health. (If you haven't written your letter yet, I am including a copy of the letter that Bill Fetzner of Wisconsin just wrote to his Representative. Feel free to adapt it your situation.)

So here's the secret to working with the media:
1. Pull together your thoughts and come up with a story idea on health. The best story idea is timely and has a local angle. If you can't think of a story, try this: the fact that the federal and state governments have loads of programs for women's health, but none for men's health.

2. Put together your "pitch." The pitch is what you're going to say to the reporter to convince him or her to do a story. The pitch should be concise, factual, and above all, interesting. Check out our Special Reports if you want to brush up on your facts.

3. Call your local newspaper. Ask the receptionist for the name of the health reporter. Speak to the reporter and give your pitch.

To help you out, we've put together a Press Kit. The Kit contains copies of men's articles that have run in the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Times, and elsewhere. The Press Kit is free, but you need to send us a flat envelope with 77 cents postage (that's three first class stamps). Send your SASE to:

Men's Health America
PO Box1404
Rockville, MD 20849

OK, let's rock!!!


Sample letter:

Hon. Tammy Baldwin
1020 Longworth House Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20515-4902

Re: HR4653, A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish an Office of Men's Health

Dear Rep. Baldwin:

According to your website and running through many of your public statements, you have a strong, abiding desire to be a strong proponent of health care for all. I trust, therefore, that if you were alerted to the fact that a major segment of our population is unnecessarily going without needed health care services, you would make a determined effort to do something about it.

There is a serious health care problem in our midst that a few are trying to resolve. This is a problem for men (and for the women in their lives), because too many men resist participating in their own health care for reasons that could be connected to false concepts of manliness, worries about costs, repressed fears, or something else. Why men trifle with their health we're not quite sure, but we are absolutely sure that such trifling translates into much higher death rates from cancer, heart disease and stroke for men compared to women. There is no reason that men should go on dying six years earlier than women in this country if men and women both used the health care system with the same diligence and frequency.

Government can help, and is being asked to help with a bill proposed by Rep. Duke Cunningham, that would set up an Office of Men's Health within DHHS. This modest measure would not take over for men or treat them as victims, which most men couldn't accept, but rather offer men new ways to act on their own behalf.

It's a made-to-order concept for ordinarily self-reliant men who would be inclined to take the right course if they had timely, reliable information and coordinated services. Can't you just hear the hallelujahs of women if the men in their lives were motivated to take better care of themselves?

And that's where you come in. As a woman and a recognized crusader for better health care for all our citizens, who would be a better person to co-sponsor a bill to protect men's lives? And in an election year when the male vote is now being watched with the same intensity as the female vote was a few years ago, stepping up to the plate for men would not be a bad thing. Bashing men is out of style; helping men help themselves is a solution that both sexes admire. What better way to walk the walk on health care than to back HR4653?

Please give it your deepest consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.


Bill Fetzner

Ed Bartlett is the senior policy advisor for Men's Health America, which does research, education, and advocacy on behalf of men's health.

To subscribe to Ed's e-mail list, mensheath, create an account at egroups.com and subscribe to the menshealth list. Ed will be sending out his action alerts via the list, which is very low traffic.

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