Dr. Jones also serves as an informal mentor for many of his pediatric patients. “I frequently ask the kids what their plans are for the future and I talk to them and their parents about their grades,” said Dr. Jones, noting that he’s been invited to numerous graduation parties, and tries to attend as many as possible. “As a physician, you have a bigger stage and more opportunity to make a difference in your community,” Dr. Jones said. “I’m blessed to help others and to get compensated well for what I do. With that comes some responsibility to give back.”
The Public Servant: Dr. Charles Moore
When Dr. Moore accepted a position in the department of otolaryngology at Grady Memorial Hospital, a 1200-bed Level One trauma center that provides care for many of Atlanta’s indigent patients, he did so with an eye toward improving the health of a traditionally underserved population.
His initial community outreach efforts were small: one man, providing service to one person at a time, in some of Atlanta’s most under-resourced neighborhoods. “Gradually, I realized it would take more than one person to make a big impact,” Dr. Moore said, so he began inviting colleagues to join him. In time, and with great effort and collaboration, his outreach led to the development of the HEALing Community Center, a network of four federally qualified healthcare centers, including two school-based health centers.