Louisville Central Community Centers, Inc. (LCCC) will honor V. Faye Jones, MD, PhD, MSPH, associate vice president for health affairs/diversity initiatives at the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center, for her work in educating future health care professionals with a focus on diversity and instilling health equity. The Inclusive Equity Awards Gala is Tuesday, June 19 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Old Walnut Street Atrium at 1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., to honor six community leaders in equitable inclusion.
Jones, a professor of pediatrics in the UofL School of Medicine, has more than 29 years of medical experience in practice and training future pediatricians. In her administrative role at the health sciences center, she focuses on diversity initiatives and health disparities, overseeing the integration of equitable and diverse health-care activities throughout the health sciences center. In addition to training and mentoring future physicians in the UofL School of Medicine, Jones directs programs to introduce and assist underrepresented students in achieving acceptance and success in medical professional careers through pipeline programs designed to recruit and retain diverse and underrepresented students. Her passion lies in creating a community where health equity is a reality.
The awards gala will raise funds and awareness for LCCC’s mission of self-reliance and service to the Russell neighborhood and the larger community, as well as efforts to help improve the circumstances of low-income, disadvantaged families throughout Louisville. LCCC programs include an early childhood learning center, Kids Arts Academy and a dynamic Teen Leadership Council for school age youth. LCCC also provide programs that seek to increase economic equity and mobility for family leaders.
This Trustees of Inclusive Equity Awards Juneteenth Celebration is symbolic of a significant date that marks strides to promote upward mobility, self-development, respect for all cultures, and true equitable opportunities for all. With that backdrop, LCCC wants to highlight community and corporate leaders who are innovative in their approach to advancing equitable inclusion in corporate, organizational, healthcare, nonprofit and community settings.
In addition to Jones, honorees include:
- Mark Wheeler, President, Central Bank Jefferson County, Companies of 1,000 or more employees.
- Peggy Arthur, Account Manager, BB&T, Companies of 500-999 employees.
- The Louisville Defender, weekly newspaper, Companies of less than 500 employees.
- Tim Findley, Sr., Division VP, Kindred Healthcare, healthcare.
- Cathe Dykstra, President and CEO, Family Scholar House, non-profit organization.