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Executive Board Member of National Patient Advocate Foundation, Patient Advocate Foundation Receives National Institutes of Health 2008 Health Disparities Excellence Award

Lovell Jones, PhD, Director of the Center for Research on Minority Health at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Executive Board Member for NPAF and PAF, Honored for His Contributions Toward Eliminating Health Disparities in Minority Communities

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF) and Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) announced today that a member of the Foundations' Executive Boards, Lovell Jones, PhD, Professor of Health Disparities Research and Director of the Center for Research on Minority Health at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, was honored with the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) 2008 Health Disparities Excellence Award, which recognizes pioneers for their contributions toward eliminating health disparities in minority communities. Jones was one of two recipients for the 2008 honor.

"We are extremely pleased to see this well-deserved recognition of Lovell's work in advancing minority health, which is making a significant, positive impact on the millions of ethnic minorities in our country who are diagnosed and struggling with their treatment of cancer and other chronic illnesses," said Nancy Davenport-Ennis, Founder and CEO of NPAF and PAF. "Our professional case managers are contacted each day by far too many individuals of all ethnic backgrounds who are facing access to care challenges, and we commend Dr. Jones' important, groundbreaking research in getting to the root of how we as a nation can work together to improve medical care for all patients in need."

Jones' recent studies include examining the correlation of diet and breast cancer recurrence in cancer survivors, including the risk of breast cancer in pre-menopausal African American women, and the relationship between environment and genetics in the development of diseases in migrant workers' children. This research is helping to further educate researchers and physicians about the treatment of chronic diseases in different populations, as well as to help shape public policy in the way health disparities are addressed.

Jones has more than 25 years' experience at M.D. Anderson, and has also served in a variety of scientific, health disparities and cancer research roles. He is the founding co-chair of the Intercultural Cancer Council, the nation's largest multicultural health policy group focused on minorities, and the founding chair of "Minorities, the Medically Underserved and Cancer," the nation's largest multicultural conference providing a forum for exchanging the latest scientific and treatment information. Jones has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council of the NIH, and the Prostate Health Council of the American Foundation for Urologic Diseases. In addition to serving on the Executive Boards of NPAF and PAF, Jones currently serves on the Advisory Council for The Benjamin Banneker Institute for Science and Technology and the Partnership for Prevention, as well as a number of other national advisory committees.

"In our ongoing work advocating for America's patients, NPAF and PAF strive to work closely with our nation's foremost experts representing medical research, front-line care, chronic disease prevention and control, insurance coverage issues, and other matters that are vital to understanding how to improve access to care for all patients," said Davenport-Ennis. "We are incredibly proud to work with Lovell and call him our partner in these efforts, and we commend his tremendous work on behalf of cancer patients today and every day."

About the National Patient Advocate Foundation

National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF) is a national, non-profit organization that is dedicated to the mission of creating avenues of patient access through improved access to, and reimbursement for, evolving therapies, therapeutic agents, and devices through policy and legislative reform at the state and federal levels. Our mission is shaped by the experiences of the patients served through our companion organization, Patient Advocate Foundation. For more information, visit

About the Patient Advocate Foundation

Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization that seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability relative to their diagnosis of life threatening or debilitating diseases. PAF directly assists patients with chronic and life-threatening conditions who are struggling with access to care issues. Last year, PAF received more than 9.5 million contacts requesting information online, with complete case management mediation and arbitration services provided to 48,800 patients confronting issues denying access to sustained healthcare for their diagnosis of chronic, life-threatening and debilitating conditions. For more information, visit

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