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"Attitudes and behavior don’t necessarily align,” Griffith says. “So just because somebody is interested in something or willing to do something, doesn’t necessarily mean…they’re actually going to turn around and do it.” Read more about COVID-19 vaccinations and men here.
"Men lag behind women in coronavirus vaccinations, especially in Black communities" Washington Post article
“There are huge racial differences in who gets vaccinated, and we know that,” Griffith said. “What I haven’t seen done well is a crossing of the race, ethnicity and gender patterns.” Read more here.
Dr. Derek Griffith was interviewed by Iran International regarding his expertise with COVID-19 and Men's Health. The broadcast can be viewed here. Please note that the show and translation of Dr. Griffith's interview are in Persian.
"On the Advent of a Healthier You" December Wellness Challenge
The CRMH team is hosting a virtual 31-Day December Wellness Challenge called "On the Advent of a Healthier You". Each day will feature a new wellness activity on revolving around healthy eating, physical activity, and mental health.
The first "door" will open on December 1st. You can open daily doors here or follow along on our Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook pages.
American Public Health Association (APHA) Conference
The CRMH team had multiple presentations at the 2020 APHA conference.
Emily Jaeger presented "Tailor Made: Lessons learned from a tailored weight loss intervention for middle-aged African American men" and "Results from the first individually-tailored faith-based weight loss pilot study for middle-aged and older African American men: Mighty men".
Andrea Semlow presented "Perceptions of genetic testing from Latino men in Miami, FL".
Dr. Elizabeth Stewart presented "Becoming - A journey to wellness: A web-based lifestyle intervention for HBCU students".
Dr. Derek Griffith was featured on the Vanderbilt News (myVU) page. Read his comments about men's health equity and COVID-19 here.
Men's Health Equity Breakfast Forum
Dr. Derek Griffith was guest at the Sharp Equality Alliance (SEA) Quarterly Breakfast Forum on Wednesday, September 23.
Dr. Derek Griffith was a guest on Psychcast, a podcast for mental health professionals. He was interviewed by Dr. Lorenzo Norris about the different ways to look at men's health within the context of COVID-19. The episode is available via their website and through podcast apps.
Dr. Derek Griffith, Jennifer Ellison and Andrea Semlow were asked to contribute an article to the "Gender and COVID-19 Working Group". The group conducts real time gender analysis to identify and document the gendered dynamics of COVID-19 and gaps in preparedness and response. The article was titled: "The COVID-19 elephant and the blind men of race, place and gender."
Dr. Derek Griffith published an article in "Healthline," an independent news and research outlet that publishes straightforward, expert-reviewed health information. The article was titled "Why COVID-19 is hitting men harder than women."
A video profile of Dr. Derek Griffith is available now! Profiled by Adrienne Burns for the Vanderbilt University College of Arts and Science.
Dr. Derek Griffith and Dr. Elizabeth Stewart were asked to contribute an article to “The Conversation,” an independent news and research website with all content produced by academics, then edited by a team of former journalists. Their article, which coincided with Father’s Day, was entitled “Fathers need to care for themselves as well as their kids—but often don’t.”
Dr. Derek Griffith was guest on the “Information is the Best Medicine” weekly radio broadcast June 15, 2019, on WURD Philadelphia. The discussion centered on inequities related to and innovative solutions proposed for Black male health. Click here to access a recording of the broadcast.
Dr. Derek Griffith joined host Tanzina Vega to record a special episode of the NPR program "The Takeaway." The program, entitled "The Juggle Is Real: Navigating Life In Your 40s" aired May 25, 2019, and focused on mental and physical changes in men in their 40s. Listen to the podcast here.
The Nashville branch of the American Cancer Society spent a few minutes interviewing Dr. Derek M. Griffith about the work he is doing to fight cancer!
Check out the video on their facebook page, American Cancer Society - Nashville, or click here.
Public Health Minute is a one minute segment designed for public radio, interviewing experts in public health about their research to educate the public. Take a quick listen as Dr. Derek M. Griffith talks about Disparities in Men's Health.
According to Derek Griffith, Ph.D., associate professor of Medicine, Health & Society and the founder and director of the Center for Research on Men’s Health at Vanderbilt University, Black men tend to focus and lend more importance to their roles as providers, fathers, spouses, and community members instead of refocusing on themselves and delving into behaviors that will keep them healthy longer. Dr. Griffith agrees that by flipping the script on the way Black men interact with medical providers, they can get a jump on many life-threatening diseases. Dr. Griffith spoke with 50BOLD about the poor state of Black men’s health and even offers remedies on how to change some very detrimental behaviors.
Staying trim, fit and healthy is never easy, but it is especially difficult this time of year.
As the weather turns colder and the holidays loom, millions of men might be lulled into a lifestyle of too little activity and an abundance of eating.
Unfortunately, such behavior can put their health at risk. More than 12 percent of men in the U.S. have health classified as “fair” or “poor,” according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The good news is that you don’t have to make dramatic changes to see big health benefits, says Derek Griffith, director of the Center for Research on Men’s Health at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Read the full article here to see some ways you can start to make changes!
Men are associated with many things: Eating too much, cleaning too little and never asking for directions.
Unfortunately, they are not as famous for taking care of their health“
Often for men, our health and our bodies are afterthoughts,” says Derek Griffith, director of the Center for Research on Men’s Health at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
“Health is another one of those ‘use it or lose it’ things in life,” Griffith says. “If you don’t use your health to maintain your health, you will lose your health.”
Read the full article here!