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Szanton To Present NINR Director’s Lecture

Dr.  Szanton

Dr. Sarah L. Szanton

On Thursday, Mar. 4, Dr. Sarah L. Szanton will present the first 2021 NINR Director’s Lecture from 1 to 2 p.m. via NIH videocast. In her presentation, “Leveraging Strengths to Achieve Health Equity: From Clinical Insight to Program of Research,” Szanton will discuss the role of the environment and stressors on health disparities in older adults, particularly those trying to “age in place.”

Szanton is health equity and social justice endowed professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Szanton’s work particularly focuses on decreasing barriers to “aging in place” including addressing social determinants of health such as financial strain and racial discrimination. She co-developed the Community Aging in Place—Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) program, tested in trials and scaled to 32 sites in 17 states. She was the 2019 Heinz Award winner for the human condition and is a PBS “Next Avenue Influencer in Aging.”

Szanton has a B.A. in African-American studies from Harvard University, a B.S.N. from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, an M.S.N. from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. She leads the NINR-funded PROMOTE P30 Center. 

NINR’s Director’s Lecture Series brings top scientists from across the nation who are advancing nursing science in significant ways to share their work and interests with a trans-disciplinary audience at NIH and the broader biomedical research community. The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit

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