(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – Alumnus Warren Jones, MD, FAAFP,’71, endowed chair of the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center at Dillard, was recently inducted into the UNCF National Alumni Council Hall of Honor during the 69th Annual National Alumni Council Leadership Conference in Charlotte, N.C. in late February.
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.
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.