Noted researcher on the impact of racism on Black health

Written by admin   // July 15, 2012   // Comments Off

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One of the key aspects to a wholesome neighborhood is a healthy neighborhood. A neighborhood can’t cultivate it’s children to aspire to greater things if they are not healthy or their parents aren’t healthy or able to instill healthy habits and thoughts.

This will be the message of Dr. Camara P. Jones, MD, MPH, PhD,Adjunct Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Adjunct Associate Professor, Morehouse School of Medicine, an epidemiologist whose works focuses on the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation.

Dr. Jones will share her unique insights into the connection of racism and health as the keynote speaker for the Milwaukee Community Journal’s 36th anniversary Sunday Jazz Brunch on August 5 at the Italian Conference Center, 631 E. Chicago Ave.

Dr. Jones’s address will be in line with the Community Journal’s focus on “Putting the Neighbor Back Into The Hood: Strengthening Milwaukee in 2012.”

Dr. Jones conducts research on Social Determinants of Health and Equity in the Epidemiology and Analysis Program Office at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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 eventually lead to a National Campaign Against Racism.

Dr. Jones was an Assistant Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health from 1994 to 2000, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Rollins School of Public Health and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine.

She was awarded the 2011 John Snow Award by the Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association, and is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology. She currently serves on the Science Board of the American Public Health Association, and has completed service on the National Board of Public Health Examiners, the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association, the Board of Directors of the American College of Epidemiology, and the Board of Directors of the National Black Women’s Health Project.

Dr. Jones 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 both General Preventive Medicine (Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health) and Family Practice (Residency Program in Social Medicine at Montefiore Hospital).

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