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Loretta Jemmott

February 23, 2013

Loretta Jemmott is the van Ameringen Professor in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and the Director of the Center for Health Disparities Research at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Jemmott received her M.S.N. and her Ph.D. in Education from the Penn.

Dr. Jemmott is one of the leading researchers in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention among Black adolescents. She has been involved in extensive NIH research on the subject during her career. Dr. Jemmott’s research made a national impact, and is in use by the Center for Disease Control. Her research has also been featured in popular media outlets such as the Washington Post and NPR.

Despite her busy schedule and many accomplishments, Dr. Jemmott is committed to students and promoting a strong minority pipeline in nursing. She started the Hampton-Penn Project, a mentoring and research partnership between the University of Pennsylvania and Hampton University School of Nursing (a historically Black university). Dr. Jemmott also partners with various organizations in Philadelphia in an effort to implement solutions in her research. She has worked with the Philadelphia Urban league, the Philadelphia Housing Authority, the City of Philadelphia’s Health Department HIV Commission Community Prevention Planning Group, and local Black churches.

– Lauren Alcena CAS ’13

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