Deidre Griffith has had an extensive and distinguished public health leadership career, during which she has honed her passion for fostering healthier, more vibrant communities. Prior to joining Missouri Foundation for Health, Deidre worked at Saint Louis University (SLU) School of Public Health, where she implemented programs designed to increase access to healthy foods and physical activity in under-resourced communities. Also in her role at SLU, she worked to increase the field of master- and doctoral-level trained minority public health practitioners. She later joined Washington University’s Brown School as a Program Manager, a position that allowed her to connect with nonprofit organizations across the St. Louis metropolitan area to improve the health literacy capacity of minority and immigrant populations.
As a program director at MFH, Deidre is responsible for the design, implementation, and management of the Foundation’s ambitious, collaboration-driven initiative to decrease the prevalence of childhood obesity in targeted school districts and communities across Missouri.
Deidre earned a master of public health from Saint Louis University and a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University. She is vice chair of the Missouri Coordinated School Health Coalition and a recent graduate of FOCUS St. Louis’ prestigious Leadership St. Louis program. She has co-authored several manuscripts and presented her work at national conferences, including the American Public Health Association and Institute for Healthcare Advancement.