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    Morgan Freeman: A Voice for Men’s Health

    Celebrated actor Morgan Freeman gives voice to the health care plight of underserved, uninsured and underinsured men as part of Morehouse School of Medicine’s Men’s Health Initiative.

    Morgan Freeman: A Voice for Men’s Health

    With famous turns as an ex-prize fighter coaching Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby and the prison inmate who dares to hope in The Shawshank Redemption, Morgan Freeman is starring in a new role for Morehouse School of Medicine: himself. Freeman has teamed up with MSM’s National Center for Primary Care to record a series of public service radio announcements to raise awareness about the health care plight of underserved, uninsured and underinsured men, particularly men of color.

    The statistics are sobering: African-American men die, on average, six years earlier than white men, are 10 percent less likely to see a physician and 75 percent more likely to be uninsured. As a native of the Mississippi Delta, Freeman has seen firsthand the health care challenges faced by minority men in impoverished areas. MSM’s Men’s Health Initiative is working down in the Delta in Clarksdale, Mississippi and other parts of the U.S. to help such men receive quality health care.

    Freeman’s legendary voice supports the effort by reminding the country that each man, each statistic is a father, brother or son, and the statistics they make up need to change. His PSAs encourage men to stay strong by checking in with their doctors: “Seeing your doctor is a simple step, and it can make all the difference in the world,” he says.

    The Men’s Health Initiative began in the summer of 2001 with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. It works to change health policy at the local level by raising awareness about the health care crisis affecting poor men and men of color, and also seeks to empower community members to become active parts of a solution.

     


    About Morehouse School of Medicine
    Morehouse School of Medicine is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities; increasing the diversity of the health professional and scientific workforce; and addressing primary health-care needs through programs in education, research, and service, with emphasis on people of color and the underserved urban and rural populations in Georgia and the nation.

    Morehouse School of Medicine is a member of the largest consortium of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the world — the Atlanta UniversityCenter (AUC). For more information about Morehouse School of Medicine, visit us online at www.msm.edu.

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