â€œDoc Griggsâ€ is the awareness and advocacy persona of Dr. Eric Griggs, a New Orleans based physician and health educator who has dedicated his professional life to increasing health and wellness awareness in the New Orleans community.
Dr. Griggs graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1992 and Tulane University School of Medicine in 1996. He has always held a special place in his heart for the city of New Orleans and has been an active health advocate since graduation. As an active participant in his programs, he has made it his lifeâ€™s work to educate the community on health and well-being.
Doc Griggsâ€™ mantra is â€œGet checked. Get fit. Get moving!â€ His approach transcends race and gender barriers. His ability to speak fluent Spanish allows him to utilize a comprehensive creative approach to engage men, women 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 Louisiana State Senator David R. Heitmeier in a 2014 Resolution naming Dr. Eric Griggs as a Health and Wellness Ambassador for the State of Louisiana.
Dr. 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 Committee. 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.
While Health and Wellness are near and dear to his heart, Dr. Griggs works closely with youth as well. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Southeast Region of Louisiana Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In addition, he is the Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Boys & Girls Clubs NFL-YET Center in New Orleans. Dr. Griggs also co-founded and directs the Broadmoor Basketball Association, a basketball program for at-risk youth.
Upon completion of medical school in 1996, Dr. Griggs received the Robert C. Baird Award for overachievement in pursuit of a Medical Degree. In 2013, Dr. Griggs received the â€œChampion for Changeâ€ Award from The Links, Incorporated of New Orleans.
Dr. Griggs appears weekly on Fox 8 WVUEâ€™s Morning Edition as a Health Educator every Thursday morning at 7:30 AM. He also has a weekly radio broadcast every Thursday, â€œThe Doc Griggs Show,â€ on WBOK 1230AM from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM and makes monthly appearances on the â€œGood Morning Showâ€ with Oliver Thomas. Dr. Griggs is also currently the contributing medical writer for Data News Weekly, a local community paper.