Executive Director, Healthy African American Families II
Formerly the Director of Programs at Healthy African American Families II (HAAF), Felica Jones is now the new executive director. As the Executive Director at HAAF, she is committed to decreasing health disparities in Los Angeles County by addressing the social determinants of health in South Los Angeles and the surrounding communities. Over the past 20 years, Ms. Jones has worked on numerous research projects in various roles from community researcher to co-investigator, including projects funded by the NIH and PCORI. These projects have addressed such diverse topics as autism, depression, preterm pregnancy, diabetes, and asthma, among others. In addition, she is a co-author on more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and has provided mentorship and training to junior researchers and community members. She views community partnered participatory research (CPPR) as a key method for improving community participation in research. Ms. Jones was one of the members of the partnership that received the 2015 UCLA Landmark Program Of The Year award, the 2015 Community Campus Partnerships for Health award, and the 2014 Joint Team Science Award given by the Association For Clinical And Translational Science and the American Federation For Medical Research for the Community Partners in Care study, a NIH-funded CPPR project on depression in under-resourced communities.