Loretta Sweet Jemmott
PhD, RN, FAAN
Vice President, Health and Health Equity; Professor, College of Nursing and Health Professions
Fellow of the American Academy of Nutrition
Three Parkway, Room 1067
Dr. Loretta Sweet Jemmott was appointed vice president for health and health equity, Drexel University, and professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions and assumed these roles in September 2015. Dr. Jemmott had been a visiting professor and a member of the president’s cabinet as special advisor for community health equity since fall 2014. She retired from a long and successful tenure at the University of Pennsylvania to join Drexel full time.
Dr. Jemmott, an expert in health promotion research, is one of the nation's foremost investigators in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention, with perhaps the most consistent track record of evidence-based HIV risk-reduction interventions. The team she and her husband, Dr. John B. Jemmott III, lead at Penn has attracted more than $100 million in NIH funding over the past two decades to design and test interventions that reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases among diverse populations. Her studies have proved successful in reducing both risk-associated behaviors and the incidence of infection.
Dr. Jemmott is an outstanding translational and community-engagement researcher who has had global impact. She has partnered with community-based organizations, from churches and clinics to barbershops, housing developments and schools, and transformed her research outcomes for use in real world settings. To date, eight of her evidence-based interventions have been designated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health for national and international dissemination. Those interventions are used in 50 states across the nation and eight nations across the globe.
As vice president, Dr. Jemmott focuses on expanding health equity in the neighborhoods where Drexel is committed to working with residents and community leaders to improve the quality of life. She was born and raised in Mantua in West Philadelphia, and her work will complement extensive neighborhood partnerships Drexel has developed there, as well as the College of Nursing and Health Professions’ groundbreaking achievements through the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University in North Philadelphia. Dr. Jemmott is also involved in community health improvement through the establishment of the Federal Promise Zone in West Philadelphia.
At the College of Nursing and Health Professions, Dr. Jemmott works with researchers to build the college’s growing research portfolio in nursing and health professions research. She is one of America’s leading translational researchers in health care.