Engaging Males of Color (EMOC) Initiative
Engaging Males of Color (EMOC) is a newly established targeted initiative under the direction of our Commissioner Dr. Arthur Evans. It is designed to address the impact of health, economic and educational disparities experienced by males of color. We also understand that males of color are disproportionately affected by various forms of marginalization and adversity including violence, poverty, incarceration, lack of access to health care, low social status and trauma.
Utilizing the DBHIDS transformative approach to addressing disparities, our goals are to promote better understanding and awareness of behavioral health challenges, reduce the associated stigma and improve the quality of life for males of color throughout the Philadelphia region.
The DBHIDS EMOC Committee is made up of a culturally diverse group of men (African-American, African, Asian, Caribbean, Latino) of all ages working in collaboration with community members, academic advisors and system partners to achieve its Vision and Mission.
DBHIDS’ Engaging Males of Color (EMOC) Initiative aims to cultivate equity and is designed to address the impact of health, economic and educational disparities experienced by males of color throughout the Philadelphia region, and improve their overall quality of life.
This initiative seeks to promote an enhanced awareness of the behavioral health challenges experienced by males of color across Philadelphia. Our goal is to improve the health status of males of color by increasing behavioral health literacy and access to resources and services, while reducing stigma and known disparities and building system capacity, in order to sustain wellness.
Building Brotherhood: Engaging Males Of Color
This project is a partnership with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, designed to highlight the urgent need for men and boys of color to lead healthier lives. A public art project, Building Brotherhood is working with two muralists from Amber Art and Design Collective at three HUB sites – Congreso, Dixon House and PRO-ACT – in order to discuss pertinent issues of community wellness with males of color. These discussions will help our team develop the first mural in the country dedicated to the lived experience of males of color.
EMOC Community Events
Our newest program, BEyond Expectations: Engaging Males of Color, is a one-of-a-kind storytelling series celebrating the lives and experiences of males of color in Philadelphia. Everyday males of color in the city are joined on stage by celebrity storytellers. Together all perform powerful personal tales that shatter misconceptions and give voice to their strength and resilient spirit.
EMOC Health Tips
Strong bones are just as important for men as women. Your body needs calcium, vitamin and other important nutrients to make bones and teeth strong and hard. Not getting enough calcium during childhood can lead to osteoporosis later in life, a disease in which bones become weak and easily fracture or break.
Peak bone mass is usually reached by the age of 30. Learn more about the essential ways to ensure healthy bones for life.
Healthy Bones and Calcium
Men should get 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day from either foods or supplements. After age 70, calcium needs jump to 1,200 milligrams a day.
The Role of Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a key nutrient that helps bones absorb calcium, so it’s important to meet daily vitamin D needs based on age. Per day, infants need approximately 400 IU of vitamin D; children 1 to 18 years old need 600 IU of vitamin D; men under 70 need 600 IU of vitamin D; and men older than 70 need 800 IU of vitamin D.
There are three ways to get vitamin D: sunlight, food and supplements.
4 Ways to Keep Bones Strong
Bone health is dependent on lifestyle choices. Here are some key things men can do to keep bones strong for life:
- Get enough calcium and vitamin D every day from food and/or supplements.
- Participate in regular weight-bearing exercise at least two days a week.
- Avoid smoking and limit alcohol intake to two drinks per day.
- Talk with your health care provider about bone health.
Connect with EMOC
For questions or inquiries about DBHIDS’ EMOC Initiative, please contact:
- Leadership Team
- Community Behavioral Health (CBH)
- Communications Office
- Evidence-based Practice and Innovation Center (EPIC)
- Fiscal Division
- Intellectual disAbility Services (IDS)
- Management Services Division
- Network Improvement and Accountability Collaborative (NIAC)
- Office of Addiction Services
- Office of Mental Health (OMH)
- Office of the Chief Information Officer
- Office of the Chief Medical Officer
- Strategic Planning and Innovation Division
- Grants Opportunities
- DBHIDS Study Tours