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What is the Center for Research on Men's Health?

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The Center for Research on Men’s Health is the first university-wide center in the US that focuses on men’s health and health equity by understanding and addressing biological, psychological and social factors that influence men’s health. The directors of the center recently edited and contributed to Men’s Health Equity: A Handbook (1st ed.) (2019) that describes this area of research in detail, and this team leads the Tennessee Men’s Health Report Card. The Vanderbilt Center for Research on Men’s Health team has expertise in the following five areas: (a) research approaches and methods (i.e., precision lifestyle medicine, tailoring health communications, community-based research, social epidemiology, qualitative methods); (b) research training and mentoring for students, fellows and faculty (e.g., undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral fellows, medical students, faculty); (c) the conceptualization and measurement of biopsychosocial determinants of health and health behaviors (e.g., masculinity, manhood, faith, stress, racism, race, ethnicity, social class, economic status); (d) health conditions (i.e., overweight and obesity) and diseases (e.g., cancer, heart disease, and kidney disease); and (e) populations in the US (i.e., African American males, Latino males) and across the globe (e.g., Australia, Ireland, New Zealand).

Our Vision

To create a research center that leads state, regional, national and global efforts to understand and address social and cultural determinants of men's health.

Creating Solutions for Men's Health

Men's health outcomes are more than the sum of biology and behavior. They are also the result of factors that influence behavior: gender, cultural, sociological and attitudinal. In a pioneering way, the Center for Research on Men's Health at Vanderbilt examines all of these factors to form a more holistic picture that benefits men, families, healthcare practitioners, service providers, academicians and policymakers.

Recent Books

Griffith, D.M., Bruce, Marino A. & Thorpe, Jr., R.J.  (Eds.) (2019).  Men’s Health Equity: A Handbook (1st ed.)  New York, NY: Routledge.

Ford, Chandra L., Griffith, Derek M., Bruce, Marino A. & Gilbert, Keon L.  (Eds.) (2019). Racism: Science &  Tools for the Public Health Professional. APHA Press. 

Bruce, Marino A. & Hawkins, Darnell F. (Eds.) 2018. Inequality, Crime, and Health Among African American Males (Introduction, Research in Race and Ethnic Relations, Volume 20). Emerald Publishing Ltd.

Recent Journal Articles

Wolf, S.M., Bonham, V.L., Bruce, M.A. (2019) "How Can Law Support Development of Genomics and Precision Medicine to Advance Health Equity and Reduce Disparities?" Ethnicity & Disease.

Bruce, M.A., Thorpe, R.J., Zare, H., Archibald, P., Norris, K., Whitfield, K.E.  (2019) "Race Differences in Allostatic Load Among Black and White Men: Does Age Matter?" Innovation in Aging.

Bruce, M.A., Thorpe, R.J. (2019) "Stress, Faith and Health Among Black Men in Middle and Late Life." Innovation in Aging.

Griffith, D.M., Newton, Robert L., Carter, Leah, St. Romain, Jessica, Jerrod, Tiffany & Myers, Valery (2019) "Mobile Phone App to Maintain Physical Activity in African American Men: MobileMen." MHealth.

Bruce, Marino A., Norris, Keith C., Beech, Bettina M., Bowie, Janice V. & Thorpe Jr., Roland J. (2019) "Perspective: A Call for Precision in Faith-based Initiatives Promoting Health among African Americans." Ethnicity & Disease.

Bruce, M.A., Wilder, T. & Beech, B.M.  (2019) Associations Among Caregiver Feeding Practices and Blood Pressure in African American Adolescents:  The Jackson Heart KIDS Study. Family & Community Health, 42(2).

Bruce, M. A., Beech, B.M., Wilder, T., Burton, E.T., Sheats, Jylana, Norris, K.C., Thorpe Jr., Roland J.  (2019) Religiosity and Excess Weight Among African-American Adolescents: The Jackson Heart KIDS Study. Journal of Religion and Health, pp. 1-11.

Bruce, M.A., Ward, L.M., Thorne jr, R.J., Mena, L., Nunn, A., & Crosby, R.  (2019). Family & Community Health, 42(3). Correlates Associated With Willingness to Start Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Among Young Black Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM) in Jackson, Mississippi

Bruce, M.A., Thorpe, R.J., Beech, B.M. (2019) Food Security Status and Overweight/Obesity Among 2- to 5-Year-Old Boys and Girls in a Community-Based Clinic. Family & Community Health, 42(2).

Williams, Jessica R., Yeh, Vivian M., Bruce, M.A., Szetela, Caroly, Ukoli, Flora, Wilkins, Consuelo H., Kripalani, Sunil. (2018) Precision Medicine: Familiarity, Perceived Health Drivers, and Genetic Testing Considerations Across Health Literacy Levels in a Diverse Sample. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 28(1).

Griffith, D.M. (2018) “Centering the Margins: Moving Equity to the Center of Men’s Health Research." American Journal of Men's Health.