M. D. Anderson's Lovell Jones Honored with Health Disparities Excellence Award
National Institutes of Health Recognizes Work in Cancer Health DisparitiesM. D. Anderson News Release 02/06/09
Lovell Jones, Ph.D, professor of Health Disparities Research, and director of the Center for Research on Minority Health at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, was one of two distinguished individuals presented with the 2008 Health Disparities Excellence Award.
The award, given by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), recognizes pioneers for their contributions toward eliminating health disparities in minority communities. Jones received the award at a banquet held in conjunction with the NIH's "The Science of Eliminating Health Disparities" summit in December.
"Dr. Jones' work on cancer health disparities has impacted the lives of millions of individuals affected by cancer," said John Ruffin, Ph.D., director of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHHD). "His contributions to the science of eliminating health disparities have transcended the realm of cancer research, and is shaping the way that health disparities are addressed domestically and globally through policy and practice. Nations have benefited from his expertise from Mexico, Lesotho, to Australia. Despite his demanding clinical and research schedule, he has dedicated himself to mentoring and molding future leaders who can continue to advance science, practice, and policy to eliminate health disparities."
"I am deeply honored that the NCMHHD has recognized my effort in addressing the challenges minorities in the U.S. face when fighting catastrophic illnesses, as well as my global efforts," said Jones. "It was truly beyond belief to share the stage at the ceremony with such distinguished individuals as Former Secretaries of Health and Human Services Margaret Heckler and Louis Sullivan, former Surgeon General David Satcher, and former National Institutes of Health Director Bernadine Healy. I am grateful to those who nominated me."
With more than 25 years at M. D. Anderson, Jones has served the public in the field of science, health disparities and cancer research through a plethora of organizations, partner institutions, advisory boards and committees. Among his many achievements is his leadership as the founding co-chair of the Intercultural Cancer Council, the nation's largest multicultural health policy group focused on minorities. Jones has edited "Minorities and Cancer," one of the few comprehensive textbooks on minority health and cancer. Jones is the founding chair of "Minorities, the Medically Underserved and Cancer," the nation's largest multicultural conference which provides a forum for exchanging the latest scientific and treatment information. In recognition of his education efforts, Jones was elected to the University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education.
Additionally, Jones has served on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council of the NIH, and the Prostate Health Council of the American Foundation for Urologic Diseases. Currently, Jones serves on the Advisory Council for The Benjamin Banneker Institute for Science and Technology, the Board of Directors of the Patient Advocate Foundation and the Partnership for Prevention as well as a number of other national advisory committees.
Jones' recent studies encompass research on the correlation of diet and breast cancer recurrence in cancer survivors, reducing the risk of breast cancer in pre-menopausal African American women, and investigating the relationship between environment and genes in the development of diseases in the children of migrant workers.
Jones' extensive and exploratory research in health disparities and minority health has made an impact at the local, regional, national and global level.