I am delighted to announce that Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, has been appointed as the 2016-17 Myron and Margaret Winegarden Visiting Professor. Dr. Jones is President of the American Public Health Association and a Senior Fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine.
Dr. Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. She seeks to broaden the national health debate to include not only universal access to high quality health care, but also attention to the social determinants of health (including poverty) and the social determinants of equity (including racism).
As a methodologist, she has developed new methods for comparing full distributions of data, rather than simply comparing means or proportions, in order to investigate population-level risk factors and propose population-level interventions.
As a social epidemiologist, her work on race-associated differences in health outcomes goes beyond documenting those differences to vigorously investigating the structural causes of the differences.
As a teacher, her allegories on race and racism illuminate topics that are otherwise difficult for many Americans to understand or discuss. She hopes through her work to initiate a national conversation on racism that will result in a National Campaign Against Racism.
Dr. Jones was an Assistant Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health from 1994 to 2000, and a Medical Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2000 to 2014. She received her BA in Molecular Biology from Wellesley College, her MD from the Stanford University School of Medicine, and both her Master of Public Health and her PhD in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She also completed residency training in General Preventive Medicine (Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health) and in Family Practice (Residency Program in Social Medicine at Montefiore Hospital).
Please watch for announcements of special events planned throughout the year including a welcome reception for some time in October. I thank the Winegarden Committee members: Brian Blume, Professor of Organizational Behavior/Human Resources, Ernest Emenyonu, Professor of Africana Studies, and Peggy Kahn, Professor of Political Science for their work. I also thank Suzanne Selig, Director of Public Health and Health Sciences and Professor of Public Health for nominating Dr. Jones. We look forward to her visits.
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