LaToya M. Jones joined the Health Foundation’s board of trustees in 2021. She has had an impressive career in the health care industry for over 27 years, building a reputation as a change-agent in the arena of public health and disability advocacy. She is a nurse and currently serves as a Regional Healthcare Advocate for the Healthcare Education Project in Syracuse & Central New York. Within her role, she oversees the CHW’s Accessing Resources for Equity in Syracuse (CARES) for COVID-19 Response Program as Director. Jones is passionate about decreasing the rate of health care disparities in the community and is a staunch social justice advocate, influencer, educator, volunteer, and promoter of holistic wellness.
Jones leverages her talents as a coalition-builder and social change agent through her active participation in various organizations. She was elected to serve as the First Vice President of the Syracuse Onondaga NAACP for 2021-2022. Along with her work with the NAACP, Jones is the founder of The Joe Family Foundation for Disability Advocacy Inc., serves on the boards of American Heart Association Syracuse, Occupational Health Clinical Center, Black Equity & Excellence Advisory Council of the CNYCF, and past President & Founder of Black Nurses Rock Syracuse Chapter Inc., a grassroots organization focusing on cultivating innovative nurse leaders and community outreach in disadvantaged neighborhoods.
She is a graduate of Bryant & Stratton College earning a bachelor’s degree in health services administration and currently pursuing a master’s degree in public health. She is a member of the Alpha Beta Gamma National Honor Society and a graduate of The Advocacy Institute, Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders through The Gifford Foundation, and The Leadership Classroom of Greater Syracuse through the Central New York Community Foundation.
Jones is a native of Syracuse, New York, born and raised in Central New York. She is a mother of two girls and one boy and resides in Clay, New York. One of her favorite quotes is “Unity is what will help us move the needle for everything.” -unknown