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Please join us in congratulating Dr. Derek M. Griffith in his acceptance into the American Association of Health Behavior Fellow Class of 2017!!
Derek M. Griffith has been selected for the American Association of Health Behavior Fellows Class of 2017. Griffith, who is an associate professor of Medicine, Health, and Society and founder and director of the Center for Research on Men’s Health at Vanderbilt, is being recognized for his significant contributions in the field of health behavior research. Griffith is the first African American man to earn fellow status within the association, the most prestigious membership group among the multidisciplinary organization of health behavior researchers.
Fellows will be honored during the Welcome Address on Sunday, March 4th at the 18th Annual AAHB Scientific Meeting, ""An Equity Approach to Health Behavior Innovations", March 4-7, 2018 at Embassy Suites Portland – Downtown, Portland, Oregon.
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.
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!
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!
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
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 beimportant for personal wellness. The current health science literature tends to explore therelationship 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.
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 edgeforscholars.org. Read the entire post here!
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.
Men's Health in the News
A Black Man’s Guide to Good Health - October 2016
A Spiritual Approach to Weight Loss for African American Men - February 2016