Former APHA president to deliver Gillings School’s spring commencement address

January 9, 2018

Dr. Camara Jones

Dr. Camara Jones

Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, past president of the American Public Health Association and senior fellow at Morehouse School of Medicine’s Satcher Health Leadership Institute and Cardiovascular Research Institute, will deliver the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s 2018 commencement address on Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m. in UNC’s Carmichael Arena.

Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on naming, measuring and addressing the impacts of racism on health and well-being. She has broadened the national health debate to include both universal access to high-quality health care and attention to the social determinants of health and equity, including poverty and racism.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology from Wellesley College, Jones earned a Doctor of Medicine from Stanford University School of Medicine, and Master of Public Health and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed residency training in general preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins and in family practice at Montefiore Hospital.

Prior to her work at Morehouse, she was assistant professor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health from 1994 to 2000 and a medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2000 to 2014.

“Dr. Jones is an inspiring, incredibly accomplished health professional with a compelling personal story,” said Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor at the Gillings School. “She will be a motivating, awesome speaker with a powerful message, and we are so grateful that she agreed to join us for commencement.”


Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director of communications, (919) 962-2600 or