Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones is an American physician, epidemiologist, medical anthropologist, and civil rights activist specializing in the effects of racism and social inequalities on personal health. She is currently the 2019-2020 Evelyn Green Davis Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and an adjunct Associate Professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Jones is a past President of the American Public Health Association (2000-2014). She received 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.
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 investigating population-level risk factors. As a social epidemiologist, her work on “race”-associated differences in health outcomes goes beyond documenting those differences to investigating the structural causes of the differences.
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