Dillard Alumnus Named Endowed Chair of Health Disparities Research at Dillard University

New Orleans – LA) Dillard University has appointed Warren A. Jones, MD, FAAFP to the position of Endowed Chair in Health Disparities Research.  The Endowed Chair position is established as a central part of the University’s Health Disparities Research Endowment supported by the National Institutes of Health/ National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).

As endowed chair, Jones will develop, implement and oversee the university’s health disparities research program supporting the institutional resources and research capacity building. The ultimate goal is to make the program and the university a premier institution for training and educating researchers to better understand and eliminate health disparities.

Jones has over thirty years experience in health care.  Notably, he founded and established the Mississippi Institute for Improvement of Geographic Minority Health and Health Disparities (MIGMH) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC).  Over the course of his tenure there, Jones secured approximately $38 million dollars for MIGMH and its constituent programs. 

“Serving as the Endowed Chair of Health Disparities Research affords me the opportunity to serve my Alma Mater, Fair Dillard, as she continues her long history of leading the way to healthier lives in New Orleans, the state of Louisiana and the entire United States,” Jones said. “Together, we will make tremendous strides in eliminating Health Disparities.”

Jones’ other professional experience includes directing the State of Mississippi’s Medicaid Program.  As program director, he was responsible for providing health care for over 768,000 Mississippians.   He also developed and implemented the Mississippi Medicaid Medical Home program that allowed for annual physical examinations and health assessments.

Over the course of his career, Jones has been recognized for his pioneering efforts in the field of health as well as a distinguished educator. He was recognized as Outstanding Minority Educator in the State of Mississippi and was elected the first and only African American President of the American Academy of Family Physicians. 

He was also the first African American appointed as an associate vice chancellor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Jones is Chair Emeritus of Family Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC), Chair Emeritus of the National Medical Association’s Family Medicine Section and Immediate Distinguished Professor of Health Policy at UMC. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Tougaloo College.

A native of New Orleans, Dr. Jones is a 1967 graduate of Joseph S. Clark High School, a 1971 graduate of Dillard and a 1978 graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans.  He is married to the former Gennie Lacy of Pickens, MS and is the father of six children: Aaron, Keith, Winston, Deanna, Cassandra and Madison.

More information on the program is available at: http://www.nimhd.nih.gov/our_programs/researchendowment.asp


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