Grant Jones, Executive Director, to Step Down - Announcement
Executive Director Grant Jones Will Be Stepping Down From The Center For African American Health Effective The End Of This Year
Denver, CO, April 29, 2015– Award winning non-profit leader and founder of the Center for African American Health, Grant Jones, has given his notice of resignation as the Center’s executive director to pursue encore career options at the end of the year. Grant has been committed to improving the health and well-being of the African American community for over 30 years. Under his leadership the Center has been recognized locally and nationally for its innovative approaches and culturally proficient health education and promotion initiatives.
In his transition notice to the Center’s board of directors earlier this year, Grant noted that “[his] journey with the Center has been a joy, indeed a blessing to have had the opportunity to work with so many great people in and on behalf of the Center for African American Health.”
In recognition of his leadership and life-long commitment to community improvement, Grant has received a number of awards and commendations, including the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award. He is a distinguished graduate of Regis University and in 2005, Regis presented him with their highest honor, Civis Princeps (First Citizen). In 2006 he received the Lifetime Champion in Health Care Award presented by the Denver Business Journal and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. He is a 1987 graduate of Leadership Denver.
In Grant Jones’ words:
“I understand how difficult it is for the founder of an organization to move on. The Center for African American Health has been my passion for nearly 15 years. I’m excited about the organization’s future because I know that the staff, board members and a host of volunteers and community partners are fully committed to the Center’s mission. I’ll always consider myself a member of the Center’s team and our best days are still ahead.”
From the board of directors:
Grant Jones has built an amazing organization, an effective board and an engaged staff. He has taken the center from infancy to maturity, with robust programs and thoughtful services. In the 15 years he has acted as executive director, he has created a hub for the African American community to educate themselves about healthcare issues. We are all lucky to have served with him and wish him the best in his new ventures. We are also grateful that he is leaving the organization in a great position for someone to take it over.
Haven Moses and Jeff Fard, the Center’s board chair and vice-chair, will head the transition team, with participation from several other board members. Sage Engagement Strategies (SES) has been hired to lead the search to help with the transition.
Grant Jones will be working with the board and Sage Engagement Strategies over the next several months to ensure a smooth transition. Grant also plans on working with the new executive director once hired to share his knowledge and expertise.
About the Center for African American Health:
The Center for African American Health is a community-based organization providing disease prevention and disease management programs to African Americans living in the metro Denver area. The Center for African American Health partners with a wide variety of health-education and health-delivery organizations to develop and provide culturally appropriate disease prevention and disease management programs to thousands of African Americans each year. The Center offers programs on diabetes, cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer awareness, and fall prevention education for older adults, and is a Connect for Health Colorado Assistance Site.
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