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A Conversation About Gender and Men's Health in Achieving Health Equity


Dr. Derek Griffith has been invited to speak by the Taupua Waiora Centre for Māori Health Research, School of Public Health and Psychosocial Health, and Auckland University of Technology (AUT) on April 16th, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. He will be discussing the importance of gender and men's health as keys to achieving health equity. 

Hidden In Plain Sight: Why Considering Gender and Addressing Men's Health May Be Keys to Achieving Health Equity

Weill Cornell

Dr. Derek M. Griffith will be presenting at the Meyer Cancer Center Director's Seminar Series on February 20th at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. The series invites leaders every month to share their expertise in cancer research and clinical practice.

Cancer Health Disparities: Understanding Biological, Behavioral, and Social Factors

Our director Dr. Derek M. Griffith will be giving a keynote address at the Meharry/Vanderbilt/Tennessee State Cancer Partnership 18th Annual Symposium at Meharry Medical College on February 15th and 16th, 2019. The topic of discussion will be "Cancer Health Disparities: Understanding Biological, Behavioral & Social Factors".

Masculine Norms and Men's Health: Making the Connections

Masculine Norms

An executive summary on Masculine Norms and Men's Health was recently released by a collaboration of Promundo, Global Action on Men's Health, and the Movember Foundaton. Our director, Dr. Derek Griffith served as an expert reviewer of the report, which came out this month (November) to align with the Movember campaign. To find out more about each organization, and to read the executive summary click on the links below: 

Global Action on Men's Health
Movember Foundation
Read the Executive Summary

An Upper Room Experience and Discussion for       Brothers Only

HC 2020 Conference Logo

Dr. Derek M. Griffith and Dr. Marino A. Bruce will be presenting at the Healthy Churches 2020 Conference's "An Upper Room Experience and Discussion for Brothers Only!" in Point Clear, Alabama from November 13th - 16th. The conference is a national program hosted by the Balm In Gilead, an organization that strives to deliver science-based, health awareness, understanding and interventions to African Americans across the country through faith community partnerships. 

Presenting at APHA Annual Meeting and Expo: "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now"

New APHA Logo

Dr. Derek M. Griffith and Emily K. Cornish will be presenting at this year's American Public Health Association 2018 Annual Meeting and Expo in San Diego, California from November 10th - 14th.  The annual meeting is where health professionals strengthen the profession of public health, share the latest research and information, promote the best practices and advocate for public health issues and policies grounded in research.

Emily K. Cornish will be presenting at "'Who', 'What', and 'Where' is trustworthy to conduct research" and "4283.0: Developing a "Tailor-Made" physical activity intervention for Latino Men". 

"Living History: Honoring Our Past, Uplifting Our Future"

Dr. Marino A. Bruce will be a moderator for the "Navigating Racism in Public Health Spaces and Places" panel at this year's Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI) meeting in San Diego, California on November 10th, 2018. The meeting is a collaboration between the Black Caucus of Health Workers (BCHW), Black Ladies in Public Health (BLiPH) and the Society of African American Public Health Issues. 

A Community Conversation About Mental Illness, Race, Inequality, and Incarceration

Dr. Derek Griffith on a panel

Dr. Derek Griffith was a panelist at Vanderbilt University's "Mental Illness, Race, Inequality, and Incarceration: A Community Conversation". The event was co-sponsored by the Vanderbilt Center for Medicine, Health and Society and the Center for Research on Men's Health and open to students, faculty, staff and community members. 

Dr. Derek M. Griffith, Keynote Speaker at 2018 Community Engagement Institute

UAB presentation 

Dr. Derek Griffith was the keynote speaker at The University of Alabama at Birmingham's 2018 Community Engagement Institute. The symposium was sponsored by the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and open to students, faculty, staff and community members. 

Engendering Trust: Efforts to Measure and Increase Trust among African American Men

Dr. Derek Griffith and Dr. Consuelo Wilkins will serve as the Principal Investigators a 2018 awarded grant under the Robert Wood Johnson Building Trust and Mutual Respect to Improve Health Care program, managed by AcademyHealth

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.

Grant to develop method of measuring medical trust in African American men

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has received a two-year, $250,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop a new way to measure trust in African American men as it relates to health care. Dr. Derek Griffith, Director of the CRMH, is co-investigator on this grant.

Release of the latest Report of the APA Working Group on Health Disparities in Boys and Men 

Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic and Sexual Minority Boys and Men

Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic and Sexual Minority Boys and Men


Dr. Derek M. Griffith: Manhood and Black Men's Health

Dr. Griffith presented at a colloquium at Temple University College of Public Health on "Manhood and Black Men's Health." The presentation was sponsored by the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and was open to students, faculty, staff and community members.

Public Health Minute: Disparities in Men's Health - Dr. Derek Griffith

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 to our director, Dr. Derek M. Griffith talking about Disparities in Men's Health.

Dr. Griffith honored by Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Seattle, WA for his work on African American men's health

Griffith receives national recognition for health behavior research

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.

Read the full press release here.

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.

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. 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. 

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