Danetta H. Sloan, Ph.D., MSW, MA
Dr. Danetta Sloan is a Social Work Scientist who has a passion for improving health care equity for aging Black Americans. Trained as an oncology social work, Dr. Sloan completed a 10-year tenure as a palliative and hospice care social worker.
Dr. Sloan is currently on faculty in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her work uses participatory methodologies to partner with the Black church and faith community to strengthen community capacity and early access to palliative care for those who experience life limiting illness.
With a long-term goal of building an evidence-based palliative care model to implement and test with those who experience dementia, Dr. Sloan has received funding through the National Institute of Aging, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, and the Cambia Health Foundation Sojourns Scholar Program. These mechanisms of support funded foundational research to guide development of a dementia care model to serve and promote the health and wellbeing of under-resourced communities. This previous work leads to development of a product for pragmatic clinical trial testing, and career evolution as a expert in the intersection of dementia and palliative care.