Janice Ford Griffin

Janice Ford Griffin is a long-time advocate and activist for improved health and health care. Her 40 year experience and support for community based comprehensive strategies has included leadership of national programs, state and local policy, and leadership development. Griffin served as the national program director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Community Health Leaders Award from 2007 – 2015 to provide recognition for the contributions made by more than 200 community health leaders from 47 states who overcame daunting odds to significantly improve health in underserved communities. From 1993 – 2005 she served as the deputy director of Join Together at Boston University School of Public Health, a national ad hoc program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The project provided technical support to communities working to address substance abuse prevention and treatment. As deputy director of the RWJF Fighting Back Project – Phase 2 she provided management and direction to 8 communities to measurably reduce their most important substance abuse problems. Griffin also served as the director of drug policy in Houston, TX for Mayor Kathy Whitmire and Mayor Bob Lanier. She also served as a regional coordinator for Texans’ War on Drugs to initiate prevention efforts in a 21 county area of southeast Texas. A member of several boards and commissions, she has been a consultant to US Department of Health & Human Services Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment; the US Department of Education Safe & Drug Free Schools Exemplary Schools Awards; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Foundation for the Mid-South; Grantmakers for Children, Youth, and Families; National Council of State Legislators Advisory Committee on the Treatment of Alcoholism & Drug Addictions; USDHHS Healthy People 2000 Mid-Course Review; the Urban Health Initiative at Washington University; the World Health Organization European Committee on Primary Care; the Houston-Harris County Joint City County Commission on Children and Youth; Action for Healthy Kids; St. Luke Episcopal Health Charities Community Health Leaders Award Review Committee; Fort Bend County Department of Health & Human Services; Harris County Precinct 2; American Cancer Society Board Member of the Houston Unit; the National Patient Advocate Foundation; and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University Seminar on Drugs and Crime.

Griffin is passionate about the access to quality health care for all and the social determinants of health. She earned a BA in economics from Fisk University in Nashville, TN, and certificate in real estate from the University of Houston.