Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research Monthly Newsletter December 2018
Remembering Loretta Jones
Loretta Jones, a passionate community and health policy advocate who for four decades committed her life to social justice and eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health care outcomes, and who served as associate director of the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute, died Nov. 22 from esophageal cancer. She was 77. (The full UCLA Newsroom remembrance is online here; an LA Times obituary is here.) She was founder and chief executive of Healthy African American Families, is best known for co-developing methods that gave low resourced communities a greater role in planning and implementing academic research. Community-partnered participatory research (CPPR) called for transparency, accountability and equal power-sharing between academics and communities. In 2007, with UCLA professor Kenneth Wells, Jones published the model in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In doing so, she demonstrated another tenet of CPPR — that community members co-author research publications alongside academics.
For her career of working to address inequalities in health and health outcomes, Jones was awarded the UCLA Medal, the university’s highest honor, in late 2017.
Jones founded Healthy African American Families in 1992 with funding from the CDC, an endearing partner to her throughout her career, to engage universities, think tanks and community members to address disparities in preterm health. She was a co-investigator of the National Institute of Mental Health UCLA/RAND Center for Research on Quality in Managed Care, and of the National Institute on Aging UCLA Center for Health Improvement of Minority Elderly. She co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed articles.
Dr. Jones served as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Preventative and Social Medicine in the College of Medicine at Charles R. Drew University (CDU) of Medicine and Science and Founder / CEO of a South Los Angeles health advocacy organization, Healthy African American Families II. She also was an Associate Director of the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute. She received honorary doctorates from Christ in the Answer University and CDU. Dr. Jones’ record of leadership, awards and honors are too numerous to list in their entirety. Highlights include her role as co-founding the Community Faculty Program at CDU. She was a co-PI and co-investigator on dozens of NIH, CDC, and foundation funded grants and contracts. Dr. Jones served as a member of UCLA’s Institutional Review Board for protection of human subjects and co-chair of advisory board for the UCLA, VA, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. In GIM, her contributions to the RCMAR, EXPORT, CTSI CERP and the RWJ/National Clinical Scholars projects have made a lasting impact that will endure. Dr. Jones provided mentorship for hundreds of students in medicine, nursing, public health, social sciences, and community members who became leaders in improving health equity. Her mentees included individuals who became heads of universities, worked in Congress and the White House, and lead major social services and healthcare agencies. She also mentored individuals who dropped out of high school at an early age to complete bachelor’s degrees and doctorates later in life. She continued to meet with her mentees until the day prior to her passing.
Loretta Jones, with UCLA, GIM and Charles Drew University Faculty over the years.
Ron Hays Named to Most Influential Scientists List
In its annual list, Clarivate Analytics names the most highly cited researchers — those whose work was most often referenced by other scientific research papers for the preceding decade in 21 fields across the sciences and social sciences. (The 2018 list is based on citations between 2006 and 2016.)
The researchers rank in the top 1 percent in their fields in producing widely cited studies, indicating that their work “has been repeatedly judged by their peers to be of notable significance and utility,” according to Clarivate.
A huge congratulations to Professor Ron Hays for being recognized as one of the 40 UCLA’s most influential scholars based on his phenomenal publications! Ron, you make UCLA GIM/HSR proud!!!
News from Olive View-UCLA
New Olive View-UCLA Primary Care Faculty
Dr. Jarod DuVall (left) attended Tulane School of Medicine, and completed his internal medicine residency and chief resident year at Olive View. He works at both UCLA Health Encino and in the Olive View Primary Care we are pleased he will be staying at Olive View part-time for one Clinic P session on Thursday mornings, and three Clinic A precepting sessions per week.
Dr. Kenny Pettersen (right) attended the UCSF School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency with the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Primary Care program. He is Chair of the UC Haiti Initiative executive committee.
Dr. Soma Wali has been selected to receive a Mastership of the ACP to be presented during the 2019 Internal Medicine Meeting April 11-13, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA. (Early bird registration ends January 31, 2019).
Dr. David Eisenman, Professor-in-residence in GIM-HSR & Community Health Sciences in the Fielding Public Health and director of the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters, was quoted in a New York Times article about the challenges faced by older people who lost their homes as a result of the Camp Fire. Las Vegas News and WRAL.com picked up the story.
UCLA Newsroom featured a new article with Professor Dr. Mitch Wong as senior author, "Assessment of Exposure to High-Performing Schools and Risk of Adolescent Substance Use. The study, published in the December issue of JAMA Pediatrics, found that students from lower-income neighborhoods who attended one of five high-performing Los Angeles County high schools were less likely to abuse marijuana than those who weren’t offered admission. "We concluded that schools play an important role in influencing adolescent behavior," said Dr. Rebecca Dudovitz, of Pediatrics, the paper's first author.
Amazon and the UCLA Department of Computational Medicine are engaging in a partnership in Machine Learning in Biomedical Sciences. Supported by a gift from Amazon, the collaboration seeks research proposals that leverage large-scale computing to develop and apply machine learning algorithms to medically relevant problems. The project must address each of the following three criteria: solves a medically relevant problem, uses innovative methodological machine learning research, and leverages large-scale computing resources. (Deadline: December 14)Stakeholder-Partnered Implementation Research and Innovation Translation (SPIRIT) K12 Program
This new AHRQ/PCORI funded K career development award program will soon be issuing a call for applications. Four distinctive health care systems (UCLA, VA Greater Los Angeles, LA County Department of Health Services, and Kaiser Permanente Southern California )will collaboratively support mentored career development for interdisciplinary team members, leaders, and innovators in patient-centered outcomes research within learning health systems. For more information contact Franci Duitch ([email protected]) or Michael Ong ([email protected]).