HAAFII
Protecting The Legacy

About

Protecting The Legacy

History

 

Healthy African American Families II (HAAF) was founded in 1992 by the late Dr. Loretta Jones. It was originally funded by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to investigate low birth weight and infant mortality in African American women in Los Angeles. Since then HAAFII has grown into a multi-faceted community agency. Part of our mission is to ensure research is being done ethically and equitably in community. We believe in a bidirectional learning model, where all knowledge is important and we hold our partners accountable for reporting back and creating wins for both academia and community.

Our mission is to improve the health outcomes of the African American, Latino, Korean, and other minority communities in Los Angeles County by enhancing the quality of care and advancing social progress through education, training and collaborative partnering with community stakeholders, academia, researchers, and government.  HAAF is widely regarded in the community as an advocate voice, and source of education and training around disparities and research, for the local community. Our partners include Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science, the University of California, Los Angeles, the RAND Corporation, and over 150 community based organizations.  As such, we are dedicated to addressing social, institutional and policy determinants of health equity.   

 
 
 

Our Staff

 
 
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Our FOunder

The Late Dr. Loretta Jones

As a “Community Gatekeeper,” Dr. Loretta Jones dedicated her life towards the hope and healing of community. Her career as a civil rights activist, health policy advocate, and social architect spanned more than 40 years. In her dedication to level the playing field for all people, Dr. Jones continued her unyielding commitment as a change agent against disparities in human health, development, and opportunity until her death in 2018. Dr. Jones was known internationally for her work in addressing health disparities and health equity. She was an inspiration and mentor to many working to improve depression outreach and care through community-academic partnerships. Dr. Jones pioneered Community Partnered Participatory Research (CPPR), a community-academic research model for connecting academic medical center researchers to community.  Prior to this, researchers would do what she called “helicoptering”. They would come in to communities of color with their research projects, collect their data and leave, never to be heard from again. CPPR calls for transparency, accountability, and equal power-sharing between academics and communities to conduct research that is meaningful to and for the community.

 
 
 

 
 
 

executive director

Felica Jones

Formerly the Director of Programs at Healthy African American Families II (HAAF), Felica Jones is now the new Executive Director. As the Executive Director at HAAF, she is committed to decreasing health disparities in Los Angeles County by addressing the Social Determinants of Health in South Los Angeles and the surrounding communities. Over the past 20 years, Ms. Jones has worked on numerous research projects in various roles from Community Researcher to Co-Investigator, including projects funded by the NIH and PCORI. These projects have addressed such diverse topics as autism, depression, preterm pregnancy, diabetes, and asthma, just to name a few. In addition, she is a co-author on more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and has provided mentorship and training to junior researchers and community members.  She views Community Partnered Participatory Research (CPPR) as a key method for improving community participation in research. Ms. Jones was one of the members of the partnership that received the 2015 UCLA Landmark Program of the Year Award, the 2015 Community Campus Partnerships for Health Award, and the 2014 Joint Team Science Award given by the Association for Clinical and Translational Science and the American Federation for Medical Research for Community Partners in Care, an NIH-funded CPPR project on depression in under-resourced communities.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Project Specialist

Andrea Jones

Andrea Jones is a Projects Specialist in at Healthy African American Families. Ms. Jones is the program assistant for the Division of Community Engagement of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science’s “Good News Radio Magazine”, a weekly live one hour radio magazine designed to promote equity in holistic health outcomes and research involvement.  She also co-teaches H266, a course on community engagement, for the Robert Wood Johnson Clinician Leaders Program at UCLA with Dr. Kenneth Wells, UCLA.  In addition, she served on the Community Faculty at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science from 2010-2014. She served as Project Coordinator at HAAF for the Witness4Wellness Project (W4W), a community-based partnership for building community strength and overcoming the burden on communities of depression, particularly in communities of color. She has presented at several community and academic conferences and is a co-author on approximately 20 publications on community engagement.  She is also one of the members of the partnership that received the 2015 UCLA Landmark Program of the Year Award, the 2015 Community Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) Award, and the 2014 Joint Team Science Award given by the Association for Clinical and Translational Science and the American Federation for Medical Research for Community Partners in Care, a Community Partnered Participatory Research (CPPR) project on depression in under-resourced communities.

 
 
 
Anthony pictured to the far right.

Anthony pictured to the far right.


Men's Health Coordinator

Anthony Brown 

Anthony Brown has worked in non-profit community agencies for over 15 years. He currently works for Healthy African American Families Phase II as the Men’s Health and Preterm Delivery Coordinator. Anthony's prior projects include working and volunteering with Planned Parenthood L.A. , National Family Life and Education as an Outreach Worker, and Community Coalition.  He has participated and led numerous community forms and focus groups, and is actively involved in community change.

 
 
 
 
Erica pictured far right

Erica pictured far right


Office Assistant

Ericka Wright

Ericka Wright has volunteered with Healthy African American Families since 2011. She officially joined the team in 2016. and her employment at HAAFII has broadened her knowledge of health disparities in the community. True to the African value of Sankofa, she wants to pay it forward and spread her knowledge to those in need. When Ericka is not at  HAAFII she clocks into her other full time job; being a mom to 7 year old!  

 
 
 
 

Media Specialist 

Malon Murphy 

Malon Murphy is a research assistant and media specialist. With a film making background and degree from Howard University she uses her production prowess to create high quality content for HAAFII. She has a background in advocacy and is fueled by her passion for the betterment of humanity. Currently, she is working on a documentary "Protecting The Legacy," that celebrates HAAFII and it's 25 years of existence!