Men’s Health Forum Offers Free Screenings for Uninsured and Underinsured

March 04, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. — A growing number of men in the Tampa Bay area don’t have access to regular health care services. That’s why Moffitt Cancer Center and its community partners will return to the University of South Florida Marshall Student Center on Saturday, March 16, for the annual Men’s Health Forum.

The free event is from 8 a.m. to noon March 16 and marks the 19th year for the forum and the second time it will coincide with Moffitt’s Colorectal Awareness Event, which is open to men and women. Come take a spin through a giant inflatable colon and learn more about colorectal health. The Men’s Health Forum is a shared effort by area hospitals, health care organizations, social service and community organizations, and businesses to provide help to men, 18 and older, who are uninsured, underinsured, or do not have a regular health care provider. 

“The Men’s Health Forum is a wonderful opportunity for men in and around the Tampa Bay area to learn about cancer prevention and get appropriate screenings for a number of health-related issues,” says Dr. B. Lee Green, vice president of Diversity, Public Relations and Strategic Communications. “It is a way for health care professionals to work directly with men who may otherwise not have access to quality health care.”

This year, Bucs alum and Super Bowl XXXVII MVP Dexter Jackson is expected to appear alongside Bucs mascot Captain Fear from 9 to 11 a.m. An inflatable quarterback toss game will be on the grounds this year, as well as drawings held throughout the day.

The Men’s Health Forum will feature exhibitors offering health and wellness resources. Attendees will have access to free health screenings, such as blood pressure, cholesterol, HIV/AIDS/STI, skin cancer and more.

At the 2018 Men’s Health Forum, more than 300 participated in exams that are critical to health and longevity.

  • Of 318 men examined, 61% were uninsured or underinsured
  • Of 242 men tested, 46% had pre-hypertension and another 32% had high blood pressure
  • 81 men were educated on the importance of prostate testing and received vouchers for free prostate testing at Moffitt Cancer Center
  • Of 168 men receiving skin cancer exams, 42% had suspicious skin findings and needed further follow-up by a physician
  • Of 223 men tested, 11% were identified as at-risk for diabetes​

Sponsors of the Men’s Health Forum include Moffitt Cancer Center, The Wawa Foundation, New York Yankees, Florida Blue, Tampa General Hospital, Tobacco Free Florida Area Health Education Center Program, and HART. Providers include AdventHealth, ACTS, BayCare, Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County, OneBlood, South University, Suncoast Community Health Centers, Tobacco Free Florida AHEC, USF Health, and Walmart Vision Center.

For B-Roll of last year’s Men’s health Forum, click here.

For a recap video of last year’s event, click here.

WHAT: Men’s Health Forum and Moffitt’s Colorectal Awareness Event
WHEN: 8 a.m. to noon March 16
WHERE: USF Marshall Student Center, 4103 Cedar Circle
COST: Free

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 50 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s scientific excellence, multidisciplinary research, and robust training and education. Moffitt is a Top 10 cancer hospital and has been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 6,000 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.5 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

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