Griffin has committed his career to scaling innovations aimed at improving the health of vulnerable populations. Most recently, Griffin recieved his Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His thesis, JUSTICE(IN)HEALTH::HEALTH(IN)JUSTICE, used community-based participatory research methods to uncover the hidden costs of legal needs and explore the value proposition of Medical-Legal Partnership for care teams across Massachusetts serving mothers with Opioid Use Disorder. He won competitive fellowships for his work through the Harvard Radcliffe Institute and the Rose Service Learning Fellowship through the Harvard School of Public Health.
Prior to that, he served as the Interim Director of Strategic Investment at the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC), a first-in-the-nation agency charged with lowering health care cost growth in the state. In his five years at the agency, Griffin executed on diverse legislative directives to invest over $80 million through programs targeting the Commonwealth’s most intractable health care cost challenges.
Initially arriving at health care through a growth stage population health management startup focused on unwarranted variation in care, Health Dialog, Griffin discovered how the fragmented U.S. health care system caused suffering and waste by reducing people’s agency in their own health. After earning his MPP, he went on to serve as a business consultant at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, where he supported executive leaders throughout the enterprise on strategic priorities. In the establishment of the HPC in 2012, Griffin saw an opportunity to experiment with new models of care through a novel kind of public investment, and he joined shortly thereafter to help stand up its premiere investment program. He was subsequently promoted to lead the agency’s Health Care Innovation Investment Program, deploying evidence-based initiatives leveraging emerging technology, new workforce types, and community partnerships to disrupt ineffective models of care.
Originally from Portland, Maine, Griffin also holds a BA in International Relations from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Muskie School of Public Service.