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Nominee’s nameMichael Lutz
SEEN Changemaker CategoryMedicine
Far too many men actively choose not to participate in the care of their health. For a decade, Dr. Michael Lutz has been a tireless advocate for men's health, working to reverse this trend with the Foundation he started. Dr. Lutz is a urologist for Michigan Institute of Urology and president of the MIU Men's Health Foundation. Too often seeing men and their families devastated by prostate cancer diagnoses in his practice, Dr. Lutz embarked on an awareness journey with the launch of the Run for the Ribbon 5k in 2008, focused on prostate cancer survivorship. Not enough to satisfy his drive to support men's health, he launched the MIU Men's Health Foundation and the Men's Health Event in 2009 to provide free health care to as many men in Metro Detroit as are willing to come. He also established the Blue Fund in 2016 to provide short-term financial assistance to prostate cancer patients while they are going through active treatment to ease financial stresses while patients' focus should be on health and treatment. In addition to his practice and foundation roles, he serves as an educator to others in assistant professor roles at Wayne State University and The Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. He has leveraged partnerships with hospitals, partner nonprofits, medical schools, sports teams, local media and retailers to continue to build awareness and support for men in the region.
The MIU Men's Health Foundation, Run for the Ribbon and the Men's Health Event have already saved men's lives as a culture shift is beginning to encourage more men to "choose to know" about their health and protect it. Dr. Lutz's MIU Men's Health Foundation has become a leader in men's health advocacy locally and nationally, investing thousands of dollars in the health of men. In 2018 alone, the Foundation dedicated more than $70,000, including screenings, to its Men's Health Event to provide more than 13,000 screenings. The Blue Fund has distributed more than $20,000 via 30 grants in the past year. His Run for the Ribbon raised more than $100,000 in sponsorships alone in 2018. The Foundation also collects men's health data, attracting national attention to propel investment in health care strategies for men across the country. In 2016, Dr. Lutz was invited to present at The White House, at the request of Broderick Johnson, The White House Cabinet Secretary, Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, The United States Surgeon General, and Michael Botticelli, Director, White House Office on National Drug Control Policy. His discussion focused on men’s health community outreach and partnership opportunities and its role in evaluating and improving healthcare opportunities to the underserved population. The event was live-streamed from The White House.
Through the Run for the Ribbon, men are finding community and support to increase their opportunity for survivorship and men across the region are being inspired to ask their doctors about prostate cancer screening sooner so they can select the treatment that is right for them and their families. In addition to providing 13,000 screenings in 2018 alone, The Men's Health Event has identified health red flags for men across Metro Detroit - saving their lives from critical heart conditions, alerting them to cancers sooner and generally improving their knowledge about their health in addition to their overall wellbeing. Some men have been inspired to make major changes in their health and exercise commitments, losing significant weight, lowering their blood pressures and improving their nutrition. The Men's Health Event provides men $2,000 worth of free screenings. 21% of the men who attend the Men's Health Event have no health insurance and 45% of attendees are not currently employed. Without the Men's Health Event, many of them may have limited or no access to health care. Men receiving support from The Blue Fund have been better equipped to maintain their housing and utility costs while in active treatment - making a difference in the mental and physical wellbeing of men battling prostate cancer and their immediate families. These life-saving opportunities have inspired men and women across Southeast Michigan to volunteer and share their stories so more men can protect their health.
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