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The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Alumni Association presented community health advocate Loretta Jones with the Ruth Roemer Social Justice Leadership Award at the fifth annual Ruth Roemer Symposium, held at The California Endowment's Los Angeles office in April.
The award, which recognizes those making a difference in advancing and protecting health in underserved communities or vulnerable populations, is given in honor of the late Ruth Roemer. A member of the Fielding School’s faculty for more than four decades, Roemer made lasting contributions in reproductive health services, environmental health, tobacco control and health services organization.
Jones’ career as a leader in civil rights, health policy and social advocacy has spanned more than 40 years. As the founder and CEO of Healthy African American Families, Phase II, and a self-described “community gatekeeper,” Jones has committed her life’s work to eliminating health disparities and improving health outcomes of those living in the Los Angeles area.