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Cambridge Men’s Health League Receives National Honor

Men’s Health League is one of 24 programs nationwide to receive 2010 “Model Practice Award”

July 13, 2010

The Cambridge Men’s Health League is one of 24 local public health programs nationwide that has been selected to receive a Model Practice Award from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), which will be presented at the association’s annual meeting in July.

The Men’s Health League (MHL) is a Cambridge initiative that addresses the prevention of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, especially in men of color.  The MHL is a partnership of the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, Cambridge Health Alliance, and the Cambridge Family YMCA. Program components include wellness promotion and linkage to clinical care.

The program was selected as a “model practice” for demonstrating exemplary and replicable qualities in response to a local public health need. The Men’s Health League is now part of NACCHO’s online searchable database of successful public health practices in areas ranging from maternal/child health to infectious diseases and emergency preparedness. 

“We are proud to receive NACCHO’s Model Practice Award, said Albert Pless, Jr., program manager of the Men’s Health League. “Health is not a high priority for many men, particularly men of color. What I think is unique about the League is the peer support component. Men are mentoring other men around nutrition and physical activity—and helping them get into primary care.”

The Men’s Health League is based at the Cambridge Public Health Department and funded by the Office of Minority Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

For more information about the NACCHO Model Practice Awards, go to www.naccho.org.


Suzy Feinberg, MPH
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