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Loretta Sweet Jemmott, PhD, RN, FAAN​​​

Main Areas of Research Focus

Designing and evaluating interventions to reduce HIV risk-associated sexual behaviors, increasing safer sex behaviors among inner-city minority youth, women and family members, overall health outcomes research

​How do my clinical practice and/or current research link to health disparities and health equity?
HIV/AIDS and STDs are key indicators of health disparities. African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV/AIDS of all racial/ethnic groups. Social determinants of health like poverty, unequal access to health care, lack of education, stigma, and racism are linked to health disparities in the United States. Living environments —e.g., urban vs. rural and living situation—in addition to social networks and social stigma, also contribute. Prevention of HIV/AIDS and STDs is the best method of treatment. Dr. Jemmott is an international leader in HIV/AIDS and STD prevention as well as an advocate for health promotion and health equity through building community partnerships.
Where do i forsee my research going over the next 5 years?

Dr. Jemmott forsees her future in the area of translational science/implementation science. She wants to be able to determine what is the best approach to integrate effective interventions into ongoing practice and services around the globe.