National Health Foundation (NHF) is thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr. Felita Jones as President and Chief Executive Officer effective August 15, 2022. Dr. Jones brings with her extensive experience in public health, nonprofit leadership, community engagement, fund development, and social service. She is well poised to lead NHF’s mission to advance community-forward solutions that strengthens health and access to health at the neighborhood level and our recuperative care program to end homelessness.
“After a thorough and thoughtful search process, we are thrilled to have Felita join us as President and CEO. She has an extensive background in nonprofit management and oversight, community outreach, fund development, and health and social services.” – Scott Twomey, NHF’s Interim CEO.
Prior to being named President and CEO of NHF, Jones served in senior-level positions at REACH (Resource for Education, Advocacy, Communication and Housing), Inland Empire United Way, FACT (Family, Adult & Child Therapies), Casa Colina Hospital Foundation, and Pediatric Asthma Disease Management Breathmobile Clinics.
Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, she earned her Bachelor of Science Health Care Administration and Master of Public Administration degrees from California State University Long Beach, her Doctor of Education (Ed.D) Organizational Leadership degree from the University of La Verne, and is a published author and award winner for her work on the LAC+USC Breathmobile Program.
“I am confident Dr. Jones will strengthen NHF’s strategic alliances, expand our community presence, and expand our recuperative care program for those experiencing homelessness. We believe her strong leadership experience is a perfect fit for NHF,” -John Calderone, Board Chair, National Health Foundation.
NHF, as it approaches its 50-year anniversary, is pressing forward in addressing social determinants of health through its community engagement, direct services, and research initiatives. The organization also continues to be a leading provider of trauma-informed recuperative care in Los Angeles County and the only provider of recuperative care (also known as medical respite) in Ventura County. In 2023, the organization will open a 148 bed interim housing facility for older adults experiencing homelessness in the Arleta neighborhood. NHF’s Board recognized the importance of bringing a leader who has both the experience and alignment of values that underline NHF’s work and mission.
“Our mission is to improve the health of under-resourced communities. Every individual is worthy of compassion regardless of their housing, employment, gender, race, sexual orientation, faith, ability, immigration, or insurance status. Each need must be met with dignity to foster trust and connection. In the broadest sense, health is having access to the resources that promote all dimensions of healing and wellness, allowing communities to thrive. As NHF’s President and CEO, I will work to make this vision a reality.” – Dr. Felita Jones