July 29, 2015  

CDU Community Faculty/Researcher Loretta Jones to be Honored at United Nations August 7


Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) is proud to announce that Loretta Jones, ThD, MA, founder of the Community Faculty program at CDU, will receive the Honorable Diane E. Watson Community Service Award and has been invited to speak at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on August 7, 2015.  The convening body is the 3rd Global Officials of Dignity (G.O.D.) Awards and 2nd WCH Humanitarian Summit produced by We Care for Humanity (WCH) in collaboration with the UN Permanent Mission of Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and Visionary Empowerment.  
Dr. Jones will address the issue of health disparities, an issue she has dedicated her life’s work to.  She is the founder and CEO of Healthy African American Families II (HAAFII.) 

Healthy African American Families II is a non-profit, community serving agency, on a mission to improve the health outcomes of the African American, Latino and Korean communities in Los Angeles County by enhancing the quality of care and advancing social progress through education, training, and collaborative partnering with community, academia, researchers and government.

Dr. Jay Vadgama, Vice President of Research and Health Affairs, has collaborated with Dr. Jones for many years. “Loretta has brought a community perspective to research in a way no other researcher has.  Also, she has published more than many, in the top research journals nationwide. Loretta is an outstanding mentor for our faculty and students engaged in Community Partnered Participatory Research.”

This event will be attended by diplomatic representatives of 193 Member States of the United Nations, royalty, non-governmental organizations, academia, business, arts and entertainment.



Isidra Person-Lynn
Communications Specialist
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
1731 E. 120th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90059
Cell: (213) 422-8707 | Phone: (323) 563-5833





About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, medical and health sciences institution. It will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a yearlong celebration culminating in August 2016.

Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 575 medical doctors, 2,700 post-graduate physicians, more than 1,200 physician assistants, 615 nurses and hundreds of other health professionals. CDU’s mission is to develop a diverse group of health professional leaders who seek social justice, promote wellness, provide care with excellence and compassion and are uniquely qualified to transform the health of underserved populations through outstanding education, research and clinical services in the context of community engagement.

For more information about the academic programs offered at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science visit or call (323) 357-3669.


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