Camara P. Jones, MD, MPH, PhD is a national public health thought leader and pioneer. We are delighted that she will share her perspectives on various health issues with diverse individuals, families, and communities through the Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) website—Camara’s Corner. Dr. Jones has prolific insight about significant topics that may impact many underserved/vulnerable/at-risk communities. As we collaboratively strive to delineate innovative strategies and approaches to promote community health, I welcome the strong voice of Dr. Camara Jones. I invite you to digest her informational posts and embrace her knowledge shared with us. Most of her postings will be authored by her; yet she may invite other individuals to co-author a piece of work. This first Opinion—Editorial (Op-Ed) titled “Overcoming Helplessness. Overcoming Fear. Overcoming Inaction in the Face of Need.” was written by the two of us. For additional information, you may contact Dr. Jones at

Dr. Kisha B. Holden
Interim Director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute

About Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD

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Dr. Camara Jones is faculty member in the Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI) and Senior Fellow in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, both at Morehouse School of Medicine. She previously served as the Research Director on Social Determinants of Health and Equity in the Division of Adult and Community Health (2000 to 2010) and as a Medical Officer in the Division of Epidemiologic and Analytic Methods for Population Health (2010 to 2013) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  She currently serves as the President of the American Public Health Association.

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.

Prior to being recruited to CDC, Dr. Jones was an Assistant Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health in the Department of Health and Social Behavior, the Department of Epidemiology, and the Division of Public Health Practice (1994 to 2000). In addition to her faculty position in CVRI, she is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Rollins School of Public Health in the Department of Behavioral Science and Health Education and the Department of Epidemiology (2004 to present), and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine (2003 to present).

Dr. Jones is the recipient of many awards, including the 2003 David Satcher Award from the Association of State and Territorial Directors of Health Promotion and Public Health Education, the 2009 Hildrus A. Poindexter Distinguished Service Award from the Black Caucus of Health Workers of the American Public Health Association (APHA), and the 2011 John Snow Award from the Epidemiology Section of APHA and the Royal Society for Public Health. She has served on many boards and advisory committees, including the Executive Board of APHA, the Board of Directors of the American College of Epidemiology, the National Board of Public Health Examiners, and the Board of Directors of the National Black Women’s Health Project.

Dr. Jones earned 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 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), and is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology.