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Adding 10 Healthy Years: Vancouver Physicians Launch New BC Men’s Health Initiative


Vancouver—How can men live longer, better? The Men’s Health Initiative of BC (MHIBC) plans to address this and other issues related to men’s health. The program, unique in Canada, is led by Dr. Larry Goldenberg, OBC, head, Department of Urologic Sciences, UBC Faculty of Medicine and founding director, Vancouver Prostate Centre at VGH.

“Many 40-year-old men are more interested in looking after their cars than their bodies,” says Goldenberg. “We know this catches up to them in the form of acute illness, chronic disease, and even depression, so our goals are to understand the complex issues that affect men’s well-being, to make men and their families aware of their risks and how they may be able to prevent illness later in life, and to improve men’s access to gender-specific health services. In this way, men can potentially add ten good quality years to the middle of their lives, postpone and help themselves to grow older without growing old.”

The Men’s Health Initiative of BC will focus on improving men’s health and quality of life through leadership, awareness, and education campaigns; research; and the dissemination of best practices in clinical care. It will be rolled out in phases. Phase I, launched today, is an interactive website, www.aboutmen.ca, directed at both the public and health care practitioners. The launch also coincides with the release of the Men’s Health Report, commissioned by MHIBC, about the state of men’s health in British Columbia. This report highlights the most significant issues in the male health domain and makes recommendations which will influence clinical practice, research and health policy.

“We’ve seen the impact of the women’s health movement, which has been strong, vibrant and productive for more than 20 years,” says Kevin Falcon, Minister of Health Services. “The idea of men’s health is another kind of lens through which healthcare delivery, education, research, prevention and awareness campaigns and public health policy may be viewed. We congratulate Dr. Goldenberg on this initiative and look forward to working with him and with all British Columbia’s health practitioners to improve the health of men in this province, which will also benefit their spouses and children, their extended families, and communities.”

The Ministry of Health in BC has been a strong proponent of men’s health, providing more than $18 million to the Vancouver Prostate Centre at VGH over the last eight years.

Phase I of the Men’s Health Initiative has been 100 percent donor-funded, with $1 million in funds raised by VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. “Donors are essential in helping to advance new innovations to improve health for people from across our province,” said Ron Dumouchelle, President and CEO, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. “We extend our thanks to our donors for their vision and leadership to improve men’s health.”

The Men’s Health Initiative of BC will continue to work with VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation as well its academic and health partners, Vancouver Coastal Health, and the University of British Columbia to further develop and sustain the initiative.

The first public outreach of MHIBC will be a free public forum, Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at Vancouver General Hospital. The program will feature several renowned BC physicians on important men’s health issues. Further highlights from the Men’s Health Report will also be shared. Program details are located at www.aboutmen.ca.


Men’s Health Inititiative of BC The Men’s Health Initiative of BC (MHIBC) is a new large-scale initiative aimed at improving men’s health and quality of life through, leadership, awareness and education campaigns, research, and disseminating best practices in clinical care. MHIBC is a program through the Department of Urologic Sciences, UBC Faculty of Medicine and headquartered at Vancouver General Hospital.


VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation is a registered charity that raises funds for the latest, most sophisticated medical equipment, world-class research and improvements to patient care for Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehab Centre and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. For nearly 30 years, the Foundation and its donors have been a bridge between the essential health care governments provide and the most advanced health care possible. To make a gift, visit www.worldclasshealthcare.ca.



For more information:

Marcel Labbé
Men’s Health Initiative of B.C.
Tel: (604) 805-2014
Email: marcellabbe@gmail.com


Lisa Carver
Communications & Public, Vancouver Coastal Health/Research Institute
Tel: (604) 875-4111 x 61777
Email: lisa.carver@vch.ca

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