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Dr. Derek Griffith discusses the alarming state of Black 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.

Read the full interview here.

Black Boys and Men: Changing the Narrative

Tune into this podcast series that NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research will be launching on January 15, 2018 (MLK Day). The podcast provides a platform for the nation's top scholars and practitioners who are engaged in innovative work on Black Boys and Men to discuss how their work is changing the narrative in the discourse on Black Boys and Men. The series will run from January 15, 2018 to March 5, 2018 and feature a new episode every week. Search for this series online or via whatever podcast app you use!

Celebrate Movember: Tips for Improving Men's Health

Article highlights: 

  • 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!

5 Mistakes Men Make With Their Health

Article highlights:

  • 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!

Dr. Derek M. Griffith will present as the Keynote Speaker for the 25th Anniversary & Annual Meeting of the Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues

November 4th, 2017

Georgia World Conference Center

Atlanta, GA

Derek M. Griffith Keynote Speaker

Dr. Marino Bruce to present at the Society for the Study of Human Development

Dr. Marino Bruce, PhD, Associate Director of the Center for Research on Men's Health will be presenting Friday, October 6th at the Society for the Study of Human Development in Providence, Rhode Island. His presentation is entitled: Evidence of Things Not Seen: The Relationship Between Faith and Health among Young African American Males and the abstract can be found below: 

It has been acknowledged that faith-oriented factors like religion and spirituality may be
important for personal wellness. The current health science literature tends to explore the
relationship between religion or religious practices and disease-related outcomes among adults.
Faith oriented traditions and practices are introduced early in life in African American and other
communities; yet, the impact of religiosity or spirituality on health behaviors and outcomes
among at risk groups like young Black males has not been well studied. Faith communities can
be important partners in the effort to improve the health prospects of African American males as
religiosity and spirituality have tenets and practices that can heighten esteem and efficacy in
ways that motivate positive health behaviors and outcomes. Deeper exploration of the
relationship between faith and health among groups like African American males can pave the
way for fruitful avenues of inquiry and development of effective and sustainable interventions. 

Men's Health "and" or "vs" Women's Health? - CRMH Guest Blog Post

In honor of Men’s Health Month, Derek Griffith, PhD, Director of the Center for Research on Men’s Health at Vanderbilt University, and Erin Bergner, MPH, MA, Senior Research Specialist wrote a guest blog post for Read the entire post here!

Attending Worship Services Keeps You Alive Longer - New Research by Dr. Marino A. Bruce 

Marino A. Bruce

People who attend services at a church, synagogue or mosque are less stressed and live longer, according to new research from Vanderbilt University. 

“Sometimes in health science we tend to look at those things that are always negative and say, ‘Don’t do this. Don’t do that,’” said Marino Bruce, a social and behavioral scientist and associate director of the Center for Research on Men’s Health at Vanderbilt. The new research findings, however, are “encouraging individuals to participate in something, he said.

According to the study, middle-aged (ages 40 to 65) adults – both men and women – who attend church or other houses of worship reduce their risk for mortality by 55 percent. “Our findings support the overall hypothesis that increased religiosity – as determined by attendance at worship services – is associated with less stress and enhanced longevity,” said Bruce.

To read the full article, click here


Dr. Derek M. Griffith at the 15th World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne, Australia

Derek Australia

Dr. Derek M. Griffith travelled to Melbourne, Australia for the 15th World Congress on Public Health from April 3-7, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. There, he presented on a panel discussing the three faces of racism: addressing racism as a social determinant of health in three countries.

Washington University Student Spotlight Features Donnatesa Dean

Donnatesa Spotlight

A second-year MPH student specializing in Epidemiology/Biostatistics, Donnatesa Dean has become passionate about school-based health centers, a healthcare model that offers on-site health services to students and has been shown to improve the health and academic outcomes of disadvantaged youth. 

She has worked alongside Jason Purnell, an associate professor at the Brown School, to conduct an evaluation of one such clinic, the first of its kind in St. Louis. As the work progressed, she presented her findings at the American Public Health Association annual meeting. She sat down to tell us more about her research experiences, her work with the  For the Sake of All  initiative, and the perspective she’s gained along the way.




Dr. Derek Griffith Honored as Distinguished Faculty/Staff Member

Derek Bball Game Honor

Dr. Derek Griffith honored as Distingusihed Faculty/Staff Member.

Dr. Derek Griffith received a special honor as the Distinguished Faculty/Staff Member by the Vanderbilt University Department of Student Athletics. He was recognized for his leadership and service to the students at the home women’s basketball game on-court after the first quarter.


 Men's Health in the News

A Black Man’s Guide to Good Health - October 2016

Congressional caucus briefed on health disparities among boys and men - May 2016

A Spiritual Approach to Weight Loss for African American Men - February 2016