Dr. Mary E. Jones has been named child advocacy program director for the Loyola University Health System pediatric team. She brings to the job an extensive knowledge in the medical care of children and an expertise in understanding the signs of child maltreatment. "At its core, advocacy is speaking on behalf of children to protect their rights, health and well-being. It encompasses a wide range of activities, including advocating for patients and children in our surrounding community. It's working to change public policies and laws to protect children," said Jones. Before joining Loyola, Jones was responsible for health assessments and coordinating medical service for children under the care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services through the Aunt Martha's Youth Services and Healthcare Center. While at Advocate Christ Medical Center Children's Hospital, she developed a program that assessed and followed children who had been or were at high risk of being abused and neglected. She also was a pediatric hosptialist at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Kenosha, where she managed care of pediatric and adolescent patients. Jones has an M.D. from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency program at Christ Hospital and Medical Center in Oak Lawn.She has a master's degree in from University of Illinois at Chicago.