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Invited Panels and Presentations


Public Health Activism Workshop

LSE Public Health Activism Group Photo

Dr. Derek Griffith participated in the Public Health Activism Workshop sponsored by the London School of Economics and Political Science, London, England, December 16-17, 2019.  An international workshop that included researchers from the UK, US, Canada, Australia, Trinidad and Zambia, the attendees discussed a wide array of health activism-related topics.  Dr. Griffith's portion of the "Collective Action" panel focused on racism and activism for health equity in the US.  Other panel discussions ranged from "Labour health activism in South Korea," "Deaf activism in the Caribbean," "Policy entrepreneurs and African smoking epidemic," and "Safe spaces for women's wellbeing in Zimbabwe" to "Ethics of care as activism post-hurricane, Puerto Rico," "Laughter to tackle AIDS stigma in London," "Hiphop as resistance to mass incarceration, USA" and "Feminist theories of change and domestic violence in the UK."

Breast Cancer Awareness Event

Dr. Derek M. Griffith was invited to speak at the Breast Cancer Awareness event December 7, 2019, at the Cal Turner Student Center, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN.  Dr. Griffith's presentation centered on breast cancer in black men.

Evidence Academy for Best Practices in Precision Medicine 

"Between I Am a Man and I Am My Genes: A Precision Lifestyle Medicine Approach to Improving African American Men's Health."  Dr. Derek Griffith spoke at the Evidence Academy for Best Practices in Precision Medicine Meeting at the Medical University of South Carolina October 18, 2019 in Charleston, South Carolina.  The focus for this year's academy was Minority Men's Health and how precision medicine can play a role in improving health outcomes.  Click here for a recording of the meeting.  (After the recording loads, ignore the error message and click the play button at the bottom left-hand corner; audio will begin in approximately 90 seconds.)

Engaging Black Men as Leaders and Partners in Cancer Research

Dr. Derek Griffith participated in the Black Men's Research Symposium co-sponsored by Wayne State University's School of Medicine and the Karmanos Cancer Institute, October 11, 2019, in Detroit, Michigan.  His presentation was titled "Meet Them Where They Are: Strategies for Engaging Black Men in Research."

Weight  Control in Black Men

Dr. Derek Griffith was invited to participate in the NIDDK Centers for Diabetes Translation Research Meeting September 25-26, 2019, in Bethesda, MD.  His topic was "Weight Control in Black Men: Context, Challenges and Intervention Consideration."

Structural Racism

Dr. Derek Griffith was a panelist at the 25th National Health Equity Research webcast on Structural Racism on September 13, 2019, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill..  Dr. Griffith's portion of the webcast was centered on "What racism is and is not."   Click here to view the archived webcast.

Racial Justice: Health and Health Care Perspectives

Dr. Derek Griffith participated in Georgetown University's seminar series "Racial Justice: Health and Health Care Perspectives" on September 12, 2019, in Washington, DC.  His presentation was titled "Health  Equity 2.0: Cautionary Tales and a Call for  Clarity."  Click here to download the presentation..

Health Issues and Diseases that Affect African American Men 

Lee Chapel AME Health Forum

Dr. Derek Griffith participated in a Health Forum at Lee Chapel AME Church July 13, 2019. The discussion centered on health issues and diseases that affect African American Men.

Griffith, D.M. (2019, February). Invited Presentation: Why do we need to consider gender in health equity research? Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Chapter of the American Assembly of Men in Nursing, School of Nursing, Vanderbilt University. Nashville, TN.

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Conference Presentations 

 APHA Annual Meeting and Expo: Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health. APHA 2019 meeting promo

The American Public Health Association's annual meeting is the largest and most influential gathering of public health professionals, with nearly 13,000 attendees presenting, learning and finding inspiration.  Dr. Derek Griffith, Dr. Marino Bruce, Dr. Jacquelyn Pennings, Emily Jaeger and Dr. Elizabeth Stewart presented at the 2019 meeting in Philadelphia, November 2-6, 2019.  In addition, the Center for Research on Men's Health's film "Mighty Men: A Faith-Based Weight Loss Program to Reduce Cancer Disparities" was selected for screening at the 2019 Global Public Health Film Festival at the meeting.


A Conversation About Gender and Men's Health in Achieving Health Equity  New Zealand flyer April 2019


Dr. Derek Griffith spoke at the Taupua Waiora Centre for Māori Health Research, School of Public Health and Psychosocial Health, at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) on April 16th, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand, discussing the importance of gender and men's health as keys to achieving health equity.   Click here to view a video of the presentation.


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Invited Keynote Addresses

Griffith, D.M. (2019, September). How We Can Achieve Health Equity: A Call for Clarity, Health and Focus.. Keynote address at the Third Annual Health Summit sponsored by the Mississippi Delta Health Collaborative, Mississippi State Department of Health in Cleveland, MS. 

Griffith, D.M. (2019, June). Hidden in plain sight: Why gender should be a bigger part of health equity research. Keynote address at the Second Annual 2019 Wayne State University & Karmanos Cancer Institute Community Engaged Research (CEnR) Symposium: Implementing Strategies for Inclusive Research. Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI. 

Griffith, D.M. (2019, April). Hidden in plain sight: Why gender and men’s health may be keys to achieving health equity. A conversation with Professor Derek Griffith co-chaired by Isaac Warbrick and El-Shadan Tautolo. Hosted by Taupua Waiora Centre for Māori Health Research, School of Public Health and Psychosocial Health, Auckland University of Technology. Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand.

Griffith, D.M. (2019, April). How does it feel to be a problem with a problem?: The intersection of African American men & mental illness. Keynote address at Confuting the Disrepute of Mental Health and Wellness: The Science, Politics & Ethics of Psychological Well-Being. Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions, Divinity School, Vanderbilt University. Nashville, TN.

Griffith, D.M. (2019, February). Invited Keynote: Hidden in Plain Sight: Why gender matters and should be a bigger part of cancer equity research. Meharry-Vanderbilt-Tennessee State University Cancer Partnership 18th Annual Symposium, Cancer Health Disparities: Understanding Biological, Behavioral & Social Factors (Co-sponsored with Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP) Region 1-South). Funded by the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities of the National Cancer Institute. Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN.

Griffith, D.M. (2019, February). Invited Keynote: Hidden in Plain Sight: Why considering gender and addressing men’s health may be keys to achieving health equity. Weill Cornell Medicine (Medical College). Keynote address as part of the Meyer Cancer Center Director’s Seminar Series. New York, NY.

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