Felica Jones, CEO
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.
Andrea Jones, Project Specialist
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 Brown, Mens Health Coordinator
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.
Ericka Wright, Office Assistant
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 her son!
Ariel Renee, Media Manager/Photographer
Ariel Payne has worked for Healthy African American Families since 2008 as a youth outreach partner. In 2016 she moved into her new position after studying photography in school. Working with HAAF in this capacity allows her to not only work with a great organization but to also do what she loves.