It is well documented that males experience approximately a five-year shorter life expectancy than females. During the 20th century, life expectancy at birth increased, in part due to improvements in lifestyle, nutrition, housing, hygiene and medical care. The disparities in life expectancy are more pronounced among men of color and economically disadvantaged males. For example, the life expectancy for White males is 76.7 while for African American males it is 72.5 years.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) initiative seeks applications that propose to stimulate and expand research in the health of minority men. Specifically, this initiative is intended to:
- Enhance understanding of the numerous factors (e.g., sociodemographic, community, societal, personal) influencing the health promoting behaviors of racial and ethnic minority males across the life cycle
- Encourage applications focusing on the development and testing of culturally and linguistically appropriate health-promoting interventions designed to reduce health disparities among racially and ethnically diverse males age 18 and older.
Applications are due January 7, 2020.