Derek Griffith - chair of GAMH

Dr. Derek M. Griffith is a Founding Co-Director of the Racial Justice Institute, Founder and Director of the Center for Men’s Health Equity, and Professor of Health Management & Policy and Oncology at Georgetown University in the USA. Currently, he also serves as the Chair of Global Action on Men’s Health – a global men’s health advocacy organization.

Trained in psychology and public health, Dr. Griffith’s program of research focuses on developing strategies to achieve racial, ethnic, and gender equity in health. He specializes in interventions to promote Black men’s health and well-being, and advancing the global field of men’s health equity.

Dr. Griffith has particular expertise in the health of middle-aged Black men, and strategies to reduce their risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. His research has explored how notions of manhood, trustworthiness, intersectionality, and individual tailoring can be incorporated into community-based and policy strategies to promote health and well-being.

Dr. Griffith is the author of over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts, and a contributor to and editor of three books – Men’s Health Equity: A Handbook (Routledge, 2019), Racism: Science and Tools for the Public Health Professional (APHA Press, 2019), and Health Promotion with Adolescent Boys and Young Men of Colour: Global Strategies for Advancing Research, Policy, and Practice in Context (Springer, 2023).

He serves on the editorial boards of several public health and men’s health journals, and he has been a guest editor of journal special issues or supplements on African American men’s health, men’s health equity, qualitative approaches to health equity research, and other topics.

New Swiss research confirms that women had higher testing and positivity rates than men from Covid-19, while men experienced more hospitalisations, ICU admissions and deaths. Male mortality was most marked in lower socio-economic groups

Promoting healthy eating to men may have positive health benefits but it can also reinforce traditional ideals of masculinity which can be more problematic for health. Interesting article in Men's Health Network

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