Learn evidence-based approaches to build capacity towards inclusion of people who have disabilities in health promotion efforts.
Dr. Adriane Griffen serves as the Senior Director, Public Health and Leadership, at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. With 20 years of experience, she specializes in disability and health, social marketing, qualitative research, and health education. Her activities focus on capacity building, systems change, and health promotion for people with disabilities across the life span.
Dr. Griffen integrates action learning principles and action research in her current work as she develops partnerships, collaborates on program planning including proposal development, supervises support staff, and serves as the programmatic operations contact for funders.
Previously, Dr. Griffen served as the Director of Health Promotion and Partnerships for the Spina Bifida Association (SBA) where she was responsible for program and campaign management, program design, evaluation, partnership development and grant efforts. She serves on American Public Health Association's Disability Section Executive Committee, National Association of County and City Health Officials' Disability Work Group, and the Board of the Maryland Public Health Association. She is the immediate Past Chair of the national coalition, Friends of CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.
Dr. Griffen recently completed a Doctor of Public Health in Leadership at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she conducted action research to understand state-level readiness, capacity, and capacity building factors necessary to include people with disabilities in public health programs. She also holds a Master of Public Health with a specialty in social marketing from The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist.
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