This week, I plan on introducing legislation to establish an Office of Men’s Health to investigate medical issues unique to men and educate them on ways to improve their health.

The Office would be created within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and would operate similar to the federal Office of Women’s Health.

The Office can play an important role because men are less likely to get a regular physical or seek medical attention for a health issue than women. As a result, men have a shorter life expectancy and more health challenges as they age. That’s why men need to get into the habit of having regular health screenings and visiting the doctor when they’re not feeling perfectly healthy. An Office of Men's Health would serve as a forum for men's health issues and be a central source of information for men across the country. The Office would also allow the federal government to be more proactive in educating men about specific medical issues.