Janice Ford Griffin is the national director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders (CHL). In this capacity she works to provide recognition for the contributions community health leaders make toward achieving RWJF's mission and goals, and to enhance their capacity to have more permanent and widespread impact on health problems. CHL conducts a competitive nomination and selection process to identify 10 leaders each year. In addition to enhanced recognition and other support, each leader receives a financial award of $125,000 to acknowledge their personal accomplishment and to further his/her work.
Griffin has been a private consultant providing technical assistance on strategic approaches to improving community health to a range of clients in the public and private sectors. From 1993 – 2005 Griffin 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 that is a national resource for communities working to address substance abuse prevention and treatment. Griffin also served as the Director of Drug Policy for the City of Houston for Mayor Kathy Whitmire and Mayor Bob Lanier.
Griffin is a member of several boards, commissions, and committees that address community health issues.
Griffin received a BA in Economics from Fisk University in Nashville, TN.