A Ten Year Experience of Men's Health Events in a Socioeconomically Diverse City in the United States - Lessons Learned.

Community-based health events provide an opportunity to increase knowledge, awareness, and screening for acute and chronic diseases among individuals living in a socioeconomically diverse community. Because there are limited reports of such events, here we describe our ten-year experience of annual men's health fairs. This retrospective study of the Michigan Institute of Urology Foundation evaluated Men's Health Events held in Detroit, Michigan, from 2012 to 2021. Over 10 years, 11,129 men were screened and > 100,000 screenings were performed. The majority of the attendees were African-American men (61%), had a college degree (67%) or a high school diploma (26%), and had an annual income of <$35K (47%) or $35-60 K (30%). From 2012 to 2021, participants who saw a doctor in the past year rose from 62 to 70%; the median age of men rose from 52 to 58; their median testosterone levels increased from 353 ng/dL to 412 ng/dL, and men with concerning prostate-specific antigen values (≥ 4 ng/mL) doubled from 5% to 10%. Among participants, 59% had cholesterol levels of < 200 mg/dL, 28% of 200-240 mg/dL, and 13% of > 240 mg/dL; 7% had glucose levels of < 70 mg/dL, 68% of 70-105 mg/dL, and 25% of > 105 mg/dL ; 24% had ≥ 140 mmHg systolic and 18% had ≥ 90 mmHg diastolic blood pressure. Our findings suggest that community health events are successful at attracting and screening diverse community members. Such events should emphasize screening of high-risk individuals for acute and chronic diseases and promote other health-related behaviors.

Journal of community health. 2024 Apr 20 [Epub ahead of print]

Shane Tinsley, Navid Mahabadi, Lauren Hamel, Gregory Dyson, Michael Lutz, Andrea Hamilton, Isaac Powell, Elisabeth I Heath

Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, 48201, USA., Karmanos Cancer Institute, Detroit, MI, 48201, USA., Michigan Institute of Urology, Rochester, MI, 48309, USA., Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, 48201, USA. .