Rowan County Public Health Department highlights issues during Men’s Health Month

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 16, 2024


The Rowan County Public Health Department is highlighting critical men’s health issues this June in observance of Men’s Health Month. Recent statistics reveal concerning trends in male health outcomes, emphasizing the need for greater awareness, preventive care and targeted interventions.

For men in Rowan County, the leading causes of death include heart disease, cancer and unintentional injuries. Additional key statistics from 2018 to 2022 illustrate these pressing concerns:

  • The male life expectancy at birth in Rowan County is 72.2 years, nearly three years lower than the North Carolina average of 74.9 years and two years lower than the national average of 74.2 years (NCDHHS).
  • In 2021, 13 percent of males in North Carolina did not take prescribed medication due to cost, compared to 10 percent nationwide. This issue is more pronounced among Black males in North Carolina, where 16 percent reported not taking medication as prescribed due to cost (CDC).
  • Chronic diseases affect 50 percent of men aged 18-65 in North Carolina, slightly lower than the national figure of 52 percent (CDC).These statistics underscore the urgent need for focused efforts on men’s health, particularly in areas with lower life expectancy and higher barriers to care. By raising awareness and promoting preventive care, Rowan County Public Health aims to address these disparities and improve health outcomes for men in our community.

In recognition of Men’s Health Month, the Rowan County Public Health Department emphasizes the following key messages:

  • Regular check-ups: Routine medical exams and screenings can help detect health issues early when they are most treatable. Men are encouraged to schedule an annual physical with their healthcare provider.
  • Healthy lifestyle choices: Eating a balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly and avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol use are essential steps for long-term health.
  • Mental health matters: Mental health is as important as physical health. Men are encouraged to talk openly about their mental health and seek professional help if needed. Resources are available for those dealing with stress, depression or anxiety.
  • Preventive screenings: Screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, prostate health and colorectal health are vital.

The Rowan County Public Health Department offers a range of services that address men’s health needs, including routine health screenings and physicals, immunizations, and family planning services such as STI testing, vasectomy referrals and contraceptives. With a focus on preventive care, the department also provides educational workshops and community outreach initiatives to promote healthy lifestyle choices and improve overall health outcomes for men in the community. To ensure accessibility, the department accepts various types of insurance and offers a sliding fee scale, which can slide to zero based on the service, so all men have access to essential health services regardless of their financial situation.

For more information, please call the Health Department at 704-216-8777.