September 27, 2019

Engaging Black Men as Leaders and Partners in Cancer Research set for Oct. 11

Research indicates that African American men suffer worse health than any other racial group in the United States. Black men have the highest mortality for all cancers combined, yet they are underrepresented in research studies.
An upcoming symposium seeks to change that.

Presented by the Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Health Equity and Community Engagement, “Engaging Black Men as Leaders and Partners in Cancer Research” will examine ways to engage African American men in medical research in an attempt to reduce health disparities.

Featured speakers for the Oct. 11 symposium include:

Derek Griffith, Ph.D., professor of Medicine, Health and Society, American Studies, Health Policy, and Sociology at Vanderbilt University Center for Medicine. Dr. Griffith is the founder and director of the Center for Research on Men’s Health, a faculty member of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Cancer Health Outcomes and Control Research Program, and a scholar with the Vanderbilt Center for Health Services Research and the Vanderbilt Institute for Medicine and Public Health.

Clement Gwede, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., senior member and professor of the Department of Health Outcomes and Behavior at the Moffitt Cancer Center.

Jamie Mitchell, M.S.W., Ph.D., assistant professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan School of Social Work and co-director of the Gender and Health Research Lab.

Brian Rivers, Ph.D., M.P.H., director of the Cancer Health Equity Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine.

The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Wertz Auditorium on the second floor of the Karmanos Cancer Institute, 4100 John R, Detroit, Mich.

Registration is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Register here.

For more information, contact Truman Hudson at 313-717-2126 or

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