Department of Family Medicine Assistant Professor, Andrea Jones, MD, was named the North Omaha Area Health (NOAH) 2021 Champions of Change award recipient for Community Trailblazer.
The program highlighted Dr. Jones’s accomplishments and said that “as a multi-racial woman of color from the community, it has long been her goal to earn, and then use her medical degree back in the community, particularly in North Omaha, serving a disproportionately African American population with a wide range of pressing health-related needs.”
Dr. Jones also serves as the Medical Director at Girls, Inc. of Omaha, the Medical Director for Equity and Community Health at Nebraska Medicine, and serves on the Douglas County Board of Health.
Several Department of Family Medicine faculty collaborated to develop a session on race, bias, and white privilege as part of new resident orientation for the 2020 intern class.
On Monday, July 27, twenty-one residents and eight faculty members gathered in small groups and over Zoom to discuss various topics on race and bias.
Highlights of the session included presentations on health equity and Omaha’s race history. Dr. Melanie Menning presented on Omaha’s immigrant and refugee health and Dr. Andrea Jones talked on the social determinants of health, racism, bias, and white privilege. Residents also heard about the racial wealth gap, white fragility, systemic racism, the social perspective for medical students and residents,
Faculty facilitators included Dr. Hannah Christiansen, Dr. Susan Evans, Dr. Alex Dworak, Dr. Andrea Jones, Dr. Jessica Koran-Scholl, Dr. Jennifer Liu, Dr. Alberto Marcelin, and Dr. Melanie Menning.
Assistant Professor Dr. Andrea Jones attended the May 31 rally at the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation and distributed masks to attendees amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Jones says “the presence and support of my white colleagues during this difficult time has been helpful, yet it needs to be a community effort and I would appreciate our department being vocal and physical present during this time in whatever way feels comfortable to them. Racism in America is not Black people’s problem to fix. We need the majority (white Americans) to advocate and help shape this defining moment in history to provide justice for all and help eliminate the historic systemic inequalities.”