June 15, 2017

Bringing Awareness to Men's Health Issues

Dr. Michael J Rovito was recently featured on the University of Central Florida's newsfeed for his work with MHI, Inc. in the community. Check out the story by clicking the picture below.

June 1, 2017

Men's Health Month: Events, Comments, and Beyond

National Men's Health Month is this month. Every year, many events are planned. Great outreach is conducted and reported on. Every year, more and more people get involved. It's encouraging to see. MHI, Inc. applauds these efforts and welcomes all to get further involved and collaborate in order to keep spreading the message.

A few events that MHI, Inc. endorses or are part of this month::

1) The Florida Dept. of Health in Seminole County is holding a Men's Health Summit on June 10th from 9am-1pm at DOH HQ in Sanford, FL. Details of the events can be found here: http://seminole.floridahealth.gov/events/2017/06/mens-health.html. MHI, Inc.'s Dr. Rovito is one of the invited panelists at the event. Also, MHI, Inc. will be tabling to provide information to the crowd on a variety of different health topics. Pre-registration is encouraged. Register for the event here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MensHealth2017.

2) MHI, Inc. Fellow, Dr. Michael Lutz, of the Michigan Institute of Urology is hosting Blue Monday on June 12th (https://www.miumenshealthfoundation.org/blue-monday/). This day has grown to become one of the premier events during Men's Health Month. MHI, Inc. will be participating locally in Orlando to help spread the message of Blue Monday.

3) Men's Health Network is hosting the Show Us Your Blue Day on June 16th (http://www.menshealthnetwork.org/wearblue/). MHI, Inc. supports MHN's efforts nationally and is proud to help spread their message during Men's Health Month.

MHI, Inc. encourages you to give/support us in our efforts this month and beyond. Click the DONATE button below to show your support.

February 1, 2017

MHI, Inc. provides scholarships for males to attend the National Male Success Conference, Rovito slated to give remarks

As part of MHI, Inc.'s "Giving Back Initiative", the organization provided four scholarships for applicable participants to attend the University of Central Florida's National Male Success Conference being held Friday, February 3rd to Sunday, February 5th. Please visit the conference's website to learn more about this event.

January 27, 2017

Rovito selected for participation in AAHB's Mentorship Program

Dr. Rovito was selected to participate in the American Academy of Health Behavior's Mentorship Program during the 2017-2018 academic year. Dr. Rovito will be working with Dr. Derek Griffith of Vanderbilt University as part of this opportunity. The American Academy of Health Behavior is among the premier health behavior organizations in the field. Information about AAHB can be viewed by clicking the logo below. 

January 22, 2017

Opportunity to join APHA's Men's Health Caucus and present at the Annual Meeting

MHI, Inc. is a proud partner of the American Public Health Association's (APHA) Men's Health Caucus. We encourage everyone interested in promoting the health of men and boys to join the Caucus (click below to get more information on joining) as well as consider submitting an abstract to present at APHA's Men's Health Caucus sessions.

January 1, 2017

Here's to a healthy new year!

MHI, Inc. wishes everybody a happy and healthy new year. Here's to making 2017 a great year for male health advocacy! 

November 5, 2016

Rovito recognized for his body of work in field of men's health

Dr. Michael J. Rovito was recently recognized at the American Public Health Association's Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado by the Men's Health Caucus for his tireless work promoting the health of men and boys. The inaugural research and community outreach award recognized Dr. Rovito's scope of work ranging from his formative research to community lecture series. To read more on this story, click on the news article below.

October 20, 2016

Rovito advocates for increased testicular cancer research and funding in new publication

Dr. Michael J. Rovito 's recent publication in the American Journal of Men's Health advocates for increased activity in men's health research by arguing through years of potential life lost and potential economic losses among those who are afflicted. Read more on the latest publication below.

September 23, 2016

Michigan Institute of Urology kicking off event for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month at Ford Field

Dr. Michael Lutz, Fellow of Men's Health Initiative, Inc., President of MIU's Men's Health Foundation, and male health advocate is heading up a FREE men's health event at Detroit's Ford Field on September 24th from 9am-3pm. Kudos to Dr. Lutz and MIU for their continued work in making men, boys, and their loved ones healthier and happier. Check the YouTube link below for more information.

September 8, 2016

New MHI research discusses and tests new conceptual model for male healthcare access

MHI, Inc. Research Fellow, Dr. James Leone, and Dr. Rovito co-authored with a team of researchers an article recently published by the American Journal of Men's Health. The article discusses Dr. Leone's research in testing a new model regarding male health care accessibility. Entitled "Development and testing of a conceptual model regarding men’s access to health care", this piece outlines predictors of health care navigation by males and offers future implications on how best to promote healthcare accessibility among male populations. Check out the publication by clicking the tab below.

September 1, 2016

Flip a Switch: A blog interview with Dr. Rovito

Ramon Llamas, men's health advocate and freelance reporter/blogger, recently interviewed Dr. Rovito on his blog, Flip A Switch. The interview discussed Dr. Rovito's pathway to practicing public health, his current research, and plans for future projects. You can catch the entire interview by clicking the tab below.

August 20, 2016

New MHI research highlights possible future urologic care service in Florida

Dr. Rovito, along with MHI, Inc. Research Assistants, Walker Talton and Hanna Lindner, published their work "Increasing Urologic Care Ratios: Implications of Male Patient Care in Florida" recently in the American Journal of Men's Health. According to the article:

"Analyses revealed that national-level urologic care ratios and prostate cancer incidence rates have a significant positive relationship, lending to the conclusion that with fewer urologists, the number of cases identified will decrease. State-level forecasted models indicated that the urologic care ratio will decrease approximately 30% in Florida from 6.23 per 100,000 in 2010 to 4.39 per 100,000 by the year 2030. As growth in demand for urologic care will increase in the next decade, a dire public health scenario is potentially unfolding. Future implications of undiagnosed prostate cancer due to the lack of access will drive an increase in mortality rates as well as health equity concerns for men."

Be sure to check out the full article by clicking the tab below.

August 1, 2016

Back from summer break, MHI, Inc. plans fall fundraising effort

A very successful Men's Health Month was followed by a short break for staff. Refreshed, MHI, Inc. is currently planning a formal kickoff to a fall fundraising campaign. More details to follow soon.

June 1, 2016

National Men's Health Month

MHI, Inc. is proud to honor another year in promoting the male health agenda locally, nationally, and internationally. We urge everyone to get informed, get involved, volunteer, and advocate for the boys and men in your life to ensure a healthy future for all.

Please check out some of the activities spearheaded by MHI, Inc. partners taking place this month on our PARTNERS page or visit our UPCOMING EVENTS page.

May 15, 2016

Resciniti promotes smoke-free campus policies in Allegheny County, wins award

Mr. Nicholas Resciniti, graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh and Student Fellowship Alumni of MHI, Inc., recently won the Department of Infectious Disease and Microbiology's MPH Category Departmental Award at the Dean's Day Presentation Event.  His work presented on a collaborative approach to promoting smoke-free campus policies in Allegheny County.

Summary of the presentation:

"Tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death. Although the rates of smoking have decreased in recent years, it still persists as a problem today. Currently, 23% of adults in Allegheny County smoke, compared to 18.4% in Pennsylvania and 17.8% nationwide. The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) recognizes this burden and seeks to decrease smoking rates through education, program planning, and policy development. In 2015, ACHD targeted college campuses as community partners to help implement smoke-free policies as a means of decreasing tobacco use within the county. ACHD engaged leaders and health administrators at local colleges and universities to discuss the impact of smoke-free policies on campus. In addition, student advocacy groups, events, and presentations were organized to help inform the faculty, staff, and student of this problem, while also creating policy change. Policy change is necessary to improve the policies already enacted at most colleges and universities in Allegheny County. ACHD should work with both students and administration to draft better policies, and improve implementation and enforcement."


April 21, 2016

A formal call to change the USPSTF 'D-rating' recommendation for TSE to 'I'

Fellows and supporters of MHI, Inc. recently published a paper in Preventive Medicine Reports that formally presents the case on why the USPSTF 'D-rating' recommendation for testicular self-examination (TSE) should be switched to 'I'. Check out the article by clicking the button below.

April 3, 2016

Making TSE a standard of care: An interview with Dr. Rovito in UroToday

In honor of Testicular Cancer Awareness Month during April, Fellows and supporters of MHI, Inc. have been sharing their thoughts and opinions of TSE and how it should be incorporated into the daily life pattern among all males. Dr. Rovito recently interviewed with UroToday to discuss how TSE should be incorporated into a standard of care for boys and men. Check out the interview by clicking on the tab below.

march 29, 2016

Rovito talks with STAT online news about the important of TSE

Dr. Rovito shared his thoughts and opinions about TSE with STAT online news recently. The story shared perspectives from both sides of the TSE debate with central focus on MHI research advocating for TSE among male populations.

Check out the story HERE.

Check out STAT for up to date health and wellness information at: http://www.statnews.com

March 1, 2016


Dr. Rovito published his recent article in the American Journal of Men's Health. Entitled "Performing Testicular Self-Examination, Driving Automobiles, and Anxiety: What is the Logical Link?", this piece discusses the methodological and logical flaws of the USPSTF D-rating of testicular cancer screening. Check out the citation HERE.

February 15, 2016

Rovito named Member of Men's Health Advisory Board

Dr. Rovito has recently been named Member of the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County's Men's Health Advisory Board. Dr. Swannie Jett, chief health officer in the county, initiated efforts of the Board to help foster wellness among men and boys. Dr. Rovito brings his years of experience working among this population in order to bring about a true public health for Central Floridian males.

February 8, 2016

Rovito elected Policy Officer for APHA's Men's Health Caucus

Dr. Rovito has recently been elected Policy Officer for the American Public Health Association's Men's Health Caucus. His tenure begins at the conclusion of the 2016 APHA Annual Meeting being held in Denver, CO. Dr. Rovito has been a supporter and member of the Caucus since 2009 and is a co-author of their landmark document, the Men's Health National Policy Agenda, which can be viewed in the Research section of the MHI, Inc. website.

January 14, 2016

Leone launches page

MHI, Inc. Fellow, Dr. James Leone, launched his personal website where information on his upcoming lectures, books, and other events are available. Be sure to check it out. Click HERE to be redirected.

January 10, 2016

MHI, Inc. participates in the White House's Dialogue on Men's Health

Fellows of MHI, Inc. were invited to a White House-sponsored event, organized by the Men's Health Network, aiming to bring about a dialogue on men's health. Scholars, experts, and outreach professionals were invited from across the country to participate in an exchange of ideas, thoughts, and possible collaboration.

Photos of MHI, Inc. Fellows and supporters at the event:

January 1, 2016

MHI, Inc. 2016 outlook

The upcoming year brings MHI, Inc. many opportunities to continue the great work our team, colleagues, affiliates, and others have done in the field. Keeping true to our overall goal of bringing about a true public health, MHI, Inc. is planning for 2016 to be a breakout year for original programs, instruments, and outreach. We encourage any and all interested in assisting MHI, Inc. to contact us at info@MHInitiative.org to see how you can contribute.

december 5, 2015

Presenting at ASMH 2015

Members and supporters of MHI, Inc. recently presented their work at the American Society for Men's Health Annual Meeting in the Washington, D.C. region from 12-3 to 12-5.

november 13, 2015

Supporting Healing Hearts

In support of the Bobby Resciniti Health Hearts Foundation, Inc., a primary supporter of MHI, Inc., members and supports of MHI, Inc. attended the Healing Hearts annual charity gala in Coral Springs, FL. The services provided by Healing Hearts are aimed at assisting those who have lost a loved one by offering counseling, charity, love, and other support. MHI, Inc. is proud to continue our efforts to spread the word of Healing Hearts' great work.

October 25, 2015

Gearing up and getting ready for APHA

Fellows and staff of MHI, Inc. are preparing for the American Public Health Association's (APHA) Annual Meeting. Held this year in Chicago, APHA's conference offers discussions, discourse, possible collaboration, and a chance for professionals in the field to exchange thoughts and ideas.

For more information on the meeting, click on the APHA logo below. For a chance to search for some of MHI, Inc.'s scheduled presentations, click here and search for MHI, Inc. Fellows by their last name.

October 7, 2015

MHI, Inc. recruit college students for Global Health and Wellbeing study

MHI, Inc. Project Coordinator, Mr. Tyler Phillips, along with Research Assistant, Ms. Andrea Siguenza, organized and facilitated a campus outreach event at the University of Central Florida this week to recruit college students to take the Global Health and Wellbeing survey. This project is organized by the University of Sydney, Young and Well, and the Movember Foundation. MHI, Inc. has partnered with these organizations to assist in collecting respondents in the United States.

Another outreach event is scheduled for the week of October 12th on campus. Contact MHI, Inc. at info@MHInitiative.org for more information.

October 3, 2015

MHI, Inc. Fellows present at INTEGRIS Men's Health University

Dr.'s Rovito and Leone and Mr. Craycraft recently spoke at INTEGRIS Health's Men's Health University Annual Men's Health Event in Oklahoma City. Mr. Steve Petty, Corporate Director of Community Wellness for INTEGRIS, served as the facilitator for the event.

September 10, 2015

Dr. Rovito speaks to Fox35 about local ketamine attack

Dr. Rovito spoke about the public health implications of a recent incident where a man attacked a coworker with a syringe of ketamine. Dr. Rovito spoke of the use of the drug in the club/party scene as well as the dangers of syringe-sharing and possible other transmission of infectious diseases resulting from dirty needles.

From FOX35:

ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Orlando Police said a woman was lured to a car by a coworker who then put a gun to her head and injected her with an anesthetic.  The incident is said to have happened on Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of the Fashion Square Mall.  An arrest affidavit said Robby Sanchez and a female coworker left work were headed to eat lunch when Sanchez parked, pulled out a gun and then held his coworker up at gunpoint.  When the victim tried to get away, the arrest affidavit reveals Sanchez jabbed her in the leg with a syringe filled with ketamine.

Dr. Michael Rovito, an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida said ketamine is a powerful anesthetic that was first used by veterinarians but has now made its way into the nightclub scene. as a recreational drug.  He said the powerful drug has hallucinogenic effects and in large doses, could incapacitate someone.  Luckily, the victim was able to get away and get help.   Sanchez is currently being held at the Orange County Jail on a $250,650 bond.

Check out the news story here.

September 1, 2015

Observing Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

MHI, Inc. is observing Prostate Cancer Awareness month during the month of September. Through a series of social media advertisements, including Twitter chats, face-to-face conversations, and general promotion of men's health awareness in the community, we aim to help raise attention to this disease. Our goal is to bring about a true public health....our efforts this month contribute to achieving it.

Be sure to check back frequently for more information and to support our partner organizations and their efforts!

august 26, 2015

Making an impact through assessing need

MHI, Inc. has announced that it plans to release to county governments and other stakeholders a comprehensive needs assessment for male health outcomes and services in each of Florida's counties. The goal of the "Assessing Floridian Male Health: Outcomes, Services, and Calls to Action" project is to bring attention to the health disparity witnessed among males and to highlight possible needs in each county regarding health care service and access. MHI, Inc. will make the reports available to the public as open source.

august 10, 2015

MHI, Inc. to partner with the Movember Foundation to implement the Global Health and Wellbeing 2015 Survey.

MHI, Inc. officially partnered with the Movember Foundation, the Young and Well CRC, and the University of Sydney to distribute and implement the Global Health and Wellbeing 2015 Survey. Please visit www.globalhwsurvey.com or visit our Movember partnerhsip tab at the top menu for more info.

July 16, 2015

"What's a man's life worth?", asks Rovito and colleagues.

Dr.  Rovito served as a guest columnist for the Orlando Sentinel today. His column discussed the importance of preventive screening for testicular cancer and the worth of saving the lives of men and boys. Contributing authors include Dr. David Samadi, Dr. James Leone (MHI Fellow), and Chase Cavayero (MHI Fellow).

Check out the story by clicking on the Orlando Sentinel logo below.

July 12, 2015

Wishing Sen. Nelson a quick recovery

Florida Sen. Nelson made headlines recently by announcing he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. MHI, Inc. wishes Sen. Nelson a quick recovery. We encourage all males to be aware of their health risks and talk to their physician if they have questions.

July 3, 2015

Stay safe. Be healthy. Happy Birthday, USA.

MHI, Inc. wants to wish all to have a safe and healthy holiday weekend. Eat well. Be well. Think well. Laugh well. 

June 25, 2015

MHI, Inc. welcomes Craycraft as Fellow

MHI, Inc. welcomes Mike Craycraft as the most recent Research and Community Outreach Fellow. Mike is a clinical pharmacist, testicular cancer survivor, and Founder of the Testicular Cancer Society. His work makes a difference in the community and his contributions will no doubt contribute to the advancement of MHI, Inc,'s goal to help bring about a true public health. Welcome, Mike!

June 19, 2015

MHI, Inc. honors fathers

MHI, Inc. would like to extend wishes for a Happy Father's Day to all of the fathers and fathers-to-be. As fathers play a very unique and influential role in the lives of their children and their family, we encourage all fathers to continue to serve as a role model for those who rely upon them.

Be sure to check out the MHI, Inc. original publication on the role of fathers that was featured in the 1st ever issue of Pedagogy in Health Promotion, a Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) journal, here.

June 11, 2015

Blue Monday on Huffington Post

Mike Craycraft, testicular cancer survivor, Founder of the Testicular Cancer Society, Fellow of MHI, Inc., and Huffington Post contributor has recently posted a piece about Blue Monday. Be sure to check out the story here.

june 5, 2015

MHI, Inc. turns 5 today

Men's Health Initiative, Inc. is celebrating serving the community 5 years today. Dr. Rovito began this initiative on June 5, 2010 in Philadelphia. Now, as we reflect back over those years, we are thankful for those who supported the organization from its inception to present day and moving into the future. Happy Birthday, MHI!

June 3, 2015

Briana Lee offered the Michael J. and Kathy E. Rovito Public Health Scholarship

Ms. Briana Lee, undergraduate student at the University of Central Florida, was announced as this year's recipient of the Michael J. and Kathy E. Rovito Public Health Scholarship. This award is granted to the student who demonstrates a genuine interest in pursuing a graduate/professional career in the health professions with a focus on public heath application. MHI, Inc. congratulates Ms. Lee on her accomplishment!

From left to right: Mrs. Rovito, Ms. Lee, Dr. Rovito

From left to right: Mrs. Rovito, Ms. Lee, Dr. Rovito

June 1, 2015

MHI, Inc. observes National Men's Health Month, Blue Monday

Today is the start of National Men's Health Month. MHI, Inc. has partnered with national and international organizations to help raise awareness to male health this month through a series of social media and community outreach events. Through Twitter chat participation, face-to-face informal discussions, and observance of #BlueMonday2015, MHI, Inc. is committed to bringing to the forefront of debate the unique health concerns of boys and men.

The start of National Men's Health Week (June 15) has been named Blue Monday. In partnership with the Michigan Institute of Urology's Men's Health Foundation, MHI, Inc. will be observing that date by encouraging all to wear blue to work, school, or play, to get active, and to help spread the word about male health to your friends, family, and colleagues. Blue Monday has influential supporters nationwide and is looking for any and all to join in. More information can be found by clicking here.

May 27, 2015

Gearing up for Men's Health Month, Adding Site Features

MHI, Inc. is in full swing preparing to observe National Men's Health Month starting June 1. They have partnered up with the Michigan Institute of Urology to participate in #BlueMonday2015. Check out the Blue Monday tab for more information on how to participate.

MHI, Inc. also is working on added site features, including press articles, published research, and ongoing projects. Check back periodically to keep in the loop with MHI, Inc. activities and information.

May 21, 2015

New research just published in American Journal of Men's Health

Dr. Rovito, Dr. Leone, and Mr. Cavayero, MHI, Inc. Research Fellows, will publish their latest research in an upcoming 2015 issue of the American Journal of Men's Health. Their article, entitled “Off-Label” Usage of Testicular Self-Examination (TSE)Benefits Beyond Cancer Detection", addresses the versatility of TSE and how males can utilize its benefits aside from cancer detection, including discovery of other urogenital health concerns (e.g. hydroceles, varicoceles, etc.) and building awareness and confidence of your body to increase comfort in bringing potential health concerns to the attention of a health care professional. 

Check out the Abstract here.

May 17, 2015

MHI, Inc. officially launches their "Campaign for Community Support"

MHI, Inc. has officially launched their "Campaign for Community Support". Through this annual fundraising drive, MHI, Inc. seeks to gain the support of the community to help sustain their health education and promotion efforts. Only through donations from concerned individuals and organizations can we provide the services in our neighborhoods that help make each one of us healthier and promote a higher quality of life. Thank you for your support! Click on the DONATE button below to help!

May 11, 2015

MHI, Inc. announces support and participation in PUR Clinic's "Drive For Men's Health"

MHI, Inc. announces their participation in PUR Clinic's "Drive For Men's Health" event that kicks off June 11 in Clermont, FL to drive across the country to rally support for male health awareness, promotion, and advocacy. Their tour starts outside of Orlando and makes stops in Jacksonville, Atlanta, North Carolina, NYC, Philly, Cleveland, Detroit, Indiana, Illinois, Phoenix, and wraps up in L.A on June 20. 

From PUR Clinic's "Drive For Men's Health" website:

"Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt and Dr. Sijo Parekattil, Co-Directors of the PUR Clinics...will attempt a marathon drive from Clermont, Florida (just outside Orlando) to New York City to California on Thursday, June 11, 2015 – Saturday, June 20, 2015 in an all-electric TESLA vehicle. The TESLA drive will be done in collaboration with the National Men’s Health Week (June 15-20). They will only stop to recharge the TESLA electric vehicle (30-45min every 150-200 miles). During these stops, they will take part in educational lectures and activities to raise awareness for Men’s Health.

...The purpose of the Drive for Men’s Health marathon is to increase awareness of men’s health issues and to encourage men to make their health a priority. Throughout the country, men are encouraged to get better sleep, quit smoking, be more active, eat healthy and decrease stress. As Urologists, Dr. Brahmbhatt and Dr. Parekattil plan to also increase awareness on chronic groin or testicular pain, post-vasectomy pain, post-inguinal hernia pain and male infertility."

May 1, 2015

MHI, Inc. has officially partnered up with the Michigan Institute of Urology's (MIU) Men's Health Foundation to observe Blue Monday.

From MIU's outline of Blue Monday:

"Because a man’s health affects not only himself but also his family, to expand awareness for Men’s Health, the MIU Men’s Health Foundation has labeled the Monday of Men’s Health Week each year (this year, June 15-21) as Blue Monday. Blue Monday is a day to promote and kick-off Men's Health Week, promote men's health engagement, education and advocacy and demonstrate a dedicated interest in the men's health movement.

As part of Blue Monday, men, women and children who wish to support the men in their lives are asked to dress in blue, and men are encouraged to plan exercise or a healthful activity to be a part of that day. Businesses, corporations and community organizations are asked to embrace Blue Monday as part of their culture, joining employees together to support the cause. With statewide support for men’s health, together, we can create the opportunity for Michigan to lead the nation in prioritizing men’s health to develop a cultural shift of men choosing to know about their health and fighting to protect it."

MHI, Inc. is proud to call MIU's Men's Health Foundation a partner in our efforts to help promote and sustain male health in our communities. Be sure to check out the Blue Monday Facebook site and MHI, Inc.'s, MIU's, and Dr. Rovito's Twitter feeds: @MHInitiative@miumenshealth, and@RovitoMJ.

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