Dr. Loretta Sweet Jemmott Appointed National Institute of Nursing Research Ambassador
Dr. Loretta Sweet Jemmott has been named as an Ambassador for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) by the Friends of the National Institute for Nursing Research (FNINR).Loretta Sweet Jemmott, PhD, FAAN, RN, the van Ameringen Professor in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, and Director of the Center for Health Equity Research, is one of the nation's foremost researchers in the field of HIV/AIDS risk reduction research. Her premier contribution to the advancement of psychiatric mental health nursing is the development of knowledge on how best to facilitate and promote changes in health behaviors. She has led the nation in understanding the psychological determinants for reducing risk-related behaviors among African American and Latino youth and women. Dr. Jemmott is an exceptional translational researcher who has a global impact. She has partnered with community-based organizations and transformed her NIH-funded research into evidence based outcomes on reducing HIV/STD risk and incidence for use in real world settings. She has long functioned as a champion of changes in public policy related to theory-driven, culturally appropriate, and evidence based risk reduction strategies in community and clinical settings; and has provided congressional testimony, participated in consensus development conferences, and served the Institute of Medicine, of which she is a member.The NINR promotes and improves the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations. The Institute supports and conducts clinical and basic research and research training on health and illness across the lifespan to build the scientific foundation for clinical practice, prevent disease and disability, manage and eliminate symptoms caused by illness, and improve palliative and end-of-life care.The mission of the FNINR Ambassadors Program is to extend the reach of advocacy efforts for improving the funding and knowledge about the NINR. It seeks to increase the awareness of nursing research in all communities and actively promote nursing research activities in the NINR. The Ambassadors also serve as a resource to state and national legislators about NINR’s mission and to actively advocate for increased funding for NINR activities.