Keynote Speaker and Conversation Catalyst
Ms. Loretta Jones, Healthy African American Families, Phase II
Loretta Jones, M.A., is the founder and CEO of Healthy African American Families, Phase II (HAAF). As a “Community Gatekeeper", Ms. Jones has dedicated her entire life towards the hope and healing of community and society-at-large. Her career as a civil rights activist, health policy advocate, educator, and social architect has spanned more than 30 years. In an effort to level the playing field for all people, Ms. Jones continues her unyielding commitment as a change agent against disparities in human health, development, and opportunity. She has collaborated on numerous community-based research projects with UCLA, the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Mental Health among many others. More about Loretta
She was the first African American woman to be the lead author on an article published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (Jones L, Wells K, Strategies for Academic and Clinician Engagement in Community Participatory Partnered Research. JAMA, January 24, 2007). In addition, Ethnicity & Disease has devoted two special editions to the work she has done. These include the recently released Community-Partnered Participatory Research: Strategies and Tactics for Improving Community Health, Volume 19, Number 4, Supplement 6, Autumn 2009, and The Community Health Improvement Collaborative: Building Community-Academic Partnerships to Reduce Disparities, Volume 16, Number 1, Supplement 1, Winter 2006. A third, a CDC sponsored special issue of Ethnicity and Disease titled Creating Healthy American Families–15 Years Experience of Community Partnered Participatory Research, is in press for publication this year.
Loretta Jones is also a co-investigator of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) UCLA/RAND Center for Research on Quality in Managed Care, the NIA UCLA Center for Health Improvement in Minority Elderly (CHIME), and the NIH Drew/UCLA Project EXPORT, as well as a recipient of numerous CDC grants and contracts. She is a member of the UCLA Institutional Review Board (IRB) for protection of human subjects and on the National Children's Study-Los Angeles Ventura County Study Center (NCS-LAVSC) Committee.
In addition, she is a Community Faculty member and on the 4-Year Medical School Planning Committee at Charles Drew University (CDU). She is also a member of the NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Community Child Health Research Network (CCHN), and a member of the American Academy of Nursing Advisory Council and serves on the Advisory Board for the Los Angeles Best Babies Collaborative (LABBC). She served as a Commissioner for the Joint Center Health Policy Institute’s Dellums Commission (2005-2006) and was a Family and Youth Stakeholder Member for the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) in 2005. She also served as a member of the Advisory Council planning the NICHD’s longitudinal child health study and chaired its Social Justice committee. In 2004,
Ms. Jones was honored as the first recipient of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Award for National Contribution to Minority Health Programs, Research and Surveillance–Department of Reproductive Health. In July 2009, the National Health Committee of the NAACP National Board of Directors awarded Ms. Jones the William Montague Cobb Award in recognition of special achievement in social justice, health justice, health education, health promotion, fundraising and/or research, and in August 2009, she received the Rose Award from Senator Curren D. Price, Jr. (26th Senate District) for her demonstrated leadership, volunteerism, and commitment to her community. Loretta Jones currently resides in Los Angeles, California, the area she so tirelessly serves.