American Psychological Association Working Group on Health Disparities in Boys and Men (APA): The goal of this multidisciplinary team of scholars is to develop strategies on how APA and psychology can better address health disparities and the needs of underrepresented boys and men in the U.S.
2014 Tennessee Men’s Health Report Card: Led by a statewide Scientific Advisory Panel, this biennial effort provides an overview of the health of men in Tennessee. This project is supported and led by the following units at Vanderbilt University: the Institute for Research on Men’s Health, Center for Medicine, Health, & Society, Institute for Medicine and Public Health, Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, and the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.
University of Guyana-Vanderbilt-UCSF MPH Program for Guyana: Funded by CDC, this project is designed to develop the first MPH program in the country’s history at the University of Guyana.
Practices to Reduce Infant Mortality Through Equity: Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the goal of this project is to collaborate with the Michigan Department of Community Health’s Bureau of Maternal and Child Health to develop a multi-level policy and programmatic intervention to more effectively address Black-White and Native American-White disparities in infant mortality in Michigan.
Active and Healthy Brotherhood (AHB): A program for chronic disease self-management for black men. This study will test ways to improve health behaviors using an intervention that has been specially designed for African-American men. It will provide information on basic health, and healthy eating, physical activity, stress management, and how to get medical care when needed.
Associate Editor: Health Education & Behavior
Associate Editor: Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education & Action
Guest Editor, Special Issues/Supplements:
- American Journal of Men’s Health Special Supplement: “The Health of African American Men: Implications for Research and Practice” (published July 2013)
- International Journal of Men’s Health Special Issue: “Practical Solutions to Men’s Health Disparities” (forthcoming fall 2013)
- Family and Community Health Special Issue on “Social Determinants of Men’s Health Disparities” (January 2015)
Tailoring Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for African American Men: This NIDDK-funded R21 grant is designed to develop a bank of messages for use in individually-tailored health communications interventions for middle-aged African American men.
Social Determinants of Obesogenic Behaviors of Middle-aged African American Men: This project recently funded by the RWJF Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College is designed to conduct a series of focus groups in Nashville, TN and Jackson, MS to examine the social, cultural and environmental factors that influence obesogenic behaviors (i.e., unhealthy eating and physical inactivity) with obese, middle-aged, African American men. This project is a partnership between the Center for Health of Minority Men (Jackson State University and University of Mississippi Medical Center) and the Institute for Research on Men’s Health (Center for Medicine, Health & Society at Vanderbilt University).
Stress, Age, and Cardiovascular Health Promotion among African American Men: The specific aim of this is to conduct a series of focus groups with African-American males who are emerging adults (18-25 years of age) or young adults (26-35 years of age) to identify contextual influences (i.e., culture, gender) and language-specific salient themes regarding stress and cardiovascular health. This project is a partnership between the Center for Health of Minority Men (Jackson State University and University of Mississippi Medical Center) and the Institute for Research on Men’s Health (Center for Medicine, Health & Society at Vanderbilt University).
Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis:
- Interventions to increase physical activity among African American and Latino men (NIMHD – funded, Comparative Effectiveness Research to Reduce Racial Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease)
- Interventions to promote weight loss, physical activity and healthier eating among African American men (African-American Collaborative Obesity Research Network)
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Ellis, K.R., Griffith, D.M., Allen, J.O., Thorpe, Jr. R.J. & Bruce, M.A. (2015). “If you do nothing about stress, the next thing you know, you’re shattered”: Perspectives on African American men’s stress, coping and health from African American men and key women in their lives. Social Science & Medicine, 139, 107-114.
Thorpe, Jr., RJ, Kennedy-Hendricks A, Griffith, D.M., Bruce MA, Coa K, Bell CN, Young J, Bowie J, LaVeist TA. (in press). Race, Social and Environmental Conditions, and Health Behaviors in Men. Family and Community Health Special Issue on Social Determinants of Men’s Health Disparities.
Griffith, D.M., Brinkley-Rubinstein, L., Thorpe, Jr. R.J., Bruce, M.A. & Metzl., J.M. (in press). The interdependence of African American men’s definitions of manhood and health. Family and Community Health Special Issue on Social Determinants of Men’s Health Disparities.
Brown, T.H., Hargrove, T. & Griffith, D.M. (in press). Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Men’s Health: Examining Psychosocial Mechanisms. Family and Community Health Special Issue on Social Determinants of Men’s Health Disparities.
Griffith, D.M. (in press). “I AM a Man”: Manhood, Minority Men’s Health and Health Equity. Ethnicity & Disease Special Issue on Minority Men’s Health: Examining Disparities Using a Life Course Perspective.
Bruce, M.A., Beech, B.M., Griffith, D.M., & Thorpe, Jr., R.J. (in press). Weight Status and Blood Pressure among Adolescent African American Males: The Jackson Heart Kids Pilot Study. Ethnicity & Disease Special Issue on Minority Men’s Health: Examining Disparities Using a Life Course Perspective.
Griffith, D.M., Allen, J.O., King, A. Johnson-Lawrence, V. & Langford, A. (in press). Men on the Move: A pilot program to increase physical activity among African American men. Health Education & Behavior.
Griffith, D.M., Ellis, K.R. and Allen, J.O. (2013). An intersectional approach to social determinants of stress for African American men: Men’s and women’s perspectives. American Journal of Men’s Health, 7(4S), 16-27. Supplement on the Health of African American Men: Implications for Research and Practice.
Griffith, D.M. (2012). An intersectional approach to men’s health. Journal of Men’s Health, 9(2), 106–112.
Griffith, D.M., Gunter, K. & Watkins, D.C. (2012). Measuring masculinity in research on men of color: findings and future directions. American Journal of Public Health, 102(S2), S187-S194.
Griffith, D.M., Johnson-Lawrence, V. Gunter, K. & Neighbors, H.W. (2011). Race, SES and obesity among men. Race and Social Problems, 3(4), 298-306.
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