Community Health Director, Access Health Louisiana
Doc Griggs' mantra is “Get checked. Get fit. Get moving! ™” His approach transcends race and gender barriers. His ability to speak proficient Spanish allows him to utilize a comprehensive creative approach to engage men, woman and children of both English and Spanish speaking heritage. His efforts as a health educator and health and awareness advocate have been recognized by District 7 State Senator David R. Heitmeier in a 2014 Resolution naming Dr. Eric Griggs, a Health and Wellness Ambassador of the State of Louisiana. In May, the New Orleans City Council as the Health and Wellness Ambassador for the City of New Orleans and was recently named as the Chairman of the Healthcare Sector for FitNOLA, the City of New Orleans' fitness initiative. He works for Access Health Louisiana as the Director of Community Medicine and serves as the Medical Advisor for Xavier University School of Pharmacy Health and Wellness Center.
"Doc Griggs" is an active participant in several organizations that promote positive change in the community. He is the Health and Wellness Chair for 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans and also serves on the 100 Black Men National Health and Wellness Board. In March of 2014, Dr. Eric Griggs was named Spokesperson for the American Cancer Society - Greater New Orleans and is also a member of their Executive Leadership Council. As Chairman for the American Heart Association's Multicultural Leadership Committee, he is also a member of their Greater Southeast Affiliate Multicultural Initiatives Committee (AL, LA, MS, TN, GA, FL, PR).
While Health and Wellness is near and dear to his heart, Dr. Griggs works closely with the youth as well. Dr. Griggs proudly serves as the Director of Health Sciences for STEM NOLA and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Playworks-Louisiana and on the Broadmoor Charter School Board. Dr. Griggs also co-founded and directs the Broadmoor Basketball Association, a basketball program for at-risk youth. Earlier this year, Dr. Griggs was appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards to the Louisiana Children's Cabinet Advisory Board and as spokesperson for the Governor's Louisiana Youth For Excellence program.
Dr. Griggs appears weekly on Fox 8 WVUE’s Morning Edition as a Health Educator every Thursday morning at 7:40 AM. He also appears weekly on "The Good Life" with Eileen Carter for "Wellness Wednesdays” and has a weekly radio broadcast every Thursday, “The Doc Griggs Show,” on WBOK 1230AM from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. He additionally makes monthly appearances on the “Good Morning Show” with Oliver Thomas. Dr. Griggs is also a contributing medical writer for Data News Weekly, a local community paper and Breakthru Magazine, a local community magazine.
Overview: Mental health is an important part of overall health and refers to a person’s emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Mental health involves how we think, feel, act, and make choices. During the Covid-19 pandemic, risks related to both heart and mental health are on the rise. Evidence shows that mental health disorders-such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD, can develop after cardiac events, including heart failure, stroke, and heart attack. These disorders can be brought on after an acute heart disease event from factors including pain, fear of death or disability, and financial problems associated with the event. During this workshop, a team of experts will discuss heart health, risk factors for heart disease, and the impact of heart disease on mental health.