STORRS, Conn.— One of the nation’s leading researchers in HIV/AIDS prevention
among African American adolescents and women will speak at the University of
Connecticut Thursday, March 3, at noon.
Loretta Sweet Jemmott, who has appeared on CNN and been featured in Parade magazine,
will discuss effective, culturally appropriate models for promoting healthy behavior
and preventing HIV/AIDS as part of the UConn Center for Health/HIV Intervention
and Prevention (CHIP) lecture series.
During the course of her career, Jemmott, director of the Center for Urban Health
Research at the University of Pennsylvania, received with $74 million in federal
funding for research on HIV prevention among African American adolescents and women.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention selected curricula Jemmott designed
for teens as a national model.
Currently, Jemmott is studying the effectiveness of church- and family-based
abstinence education programs as well as ways to reduce HIV sexual risk among substance-abusing
African American women.
Jemmott’s talk will be held in the CHIP building on the Storrs
campus. The building is located at 2006 Hillside Road, adjacent
to the Nathan Hale Inn.