Former Pine Bluff resident Jonathan Butler, PhD, recently received the Chancellor’s Award for Public Service at the University of California San Francisco.


Butler is a post-doctoral scholar in UCSF’s Department of Cardiology, according to a UCSF Campus News article.


A research fellow, he was among 12 faculty, staff and students honored for their public service during the UCSF Founders Day Awards ceremony.


Butler is studying at the UCSF’s Center for the Study of Adversity and Cardiovascular Disease (NURTURE Center,) according to the article.


“The Chancellor Award for Public Service in the student/learner category was awarded to Jonathan Butler, PhD, who is a postdoctoral scholar studying populations disproportionately burdened by health disparities and a dedicated champion for disadvantaged communities,” according to the article.


”Butler helps lead interventional trial studies at the NURTURE Center, an interdisciplinary, translational research center that seeks to understand the ‘biology of adversity’ and its impact on health. His latest research looks at how socioeconomic disadvantage affects obesity and cardiovascular risks among black and Latino individuals,” according to the article.


He has been involved with the African-American and faith-based communities.


“He was appointed to serve on the San Francisco Sugary Drinks Distributor Tax Advisory Committee which makes recommendations for how to invest ‘Soda Tax’ revenue in chronic disease interventions; Data and Evidence Committee Chair; Community Engagement Committee member; he is health committee chair of the local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); He is also a member of the American Heart Association, San Francisco: Young Professionals Leadership Forum; American Diabetes Association, San Francisco, CA: Young Professional Leadership Council; Back on Track Tutoring Program, San Francisco, CA: Board Member; Third Baptist Foundation, Inc.: Executive Director; and he serves as Associate Pastor and health minister of the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco,” according to the article.


Wylie Liu, executive director of the Center for Community Engagement, nominated Butler for the Chancellor’s Award.


“Dr. Butler has played an exceptional role in helping UCSF to forge more trusting and productive relationships with disadvantaged communities in San Francisco – communities that traditionally have not always viewed UCSF as a good neighbor fully committed to addressing health and social inequity in our city,” Liu said.


At Howard University, Butler earned a Master of Divinity degree and PhD in medical sociology.


A 2005 graduate of Watson Chapel High School, Butler also received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas Southern University.


He is the son of Zachariah Butler and Bobbie and Carson Bridges of Pine Bluff.