Danielle Jones, MPH, PhD, currently directs the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Center for Diversity and Health Equity (CDHE). In this role, she guides the strategic priorities of the AAFP Board of Directors toward a leadership role in addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion across the family medicine specialty. These priorities include diversifying the workforce, establishing health in all policies, developing medical education, and implementing practice tools that advance equity.
Prior to joining the Academy in 2017, Jones served as director of Maternal Child Health for March of Dimes Kansas and a fellow with the Army Public Health Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, advising the senior commander of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center. Both roles involved the development and implementation of equity-focused health promotion strategies to reduce disparities in maternal mortality, preterm birth, substance use, and suicide by addressing the social determinants of health, policy, systems, and infrastructure.
Jones earned a Master of Public Health at the University of West Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Missouri–Kansas City. She earned a doctoral degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Health Policy and Management, where her research on unconscious bias has led to the development of evidence-based curriculum and training for faculty. Additionally, her research areas of interest include physician well-being, imposter syndrome among those underrepresented in medicine, racial and ethnic disparities in maternal and child health, workforce diversity issues, and federal and state policy issues.