Dr. Danetta E. Hendricks Sloan, assistant scientist in the department of health, behavior and society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has been accepted to this year’s cohort of scholars in the Cambia Health Foundation’s Sojourns® Scholar Leadership Program for emerging palliative care leaders. Dr. Sloan is one of ten emerging palliative care professionals chosen through a rigorous selection process.
Dr. Sloan’s research focuses on the development of interventions that will promote the uptake of advance care approaches to reduce inequities at end of life.
The Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program is designed to identify, cultivate, and advance the next generation of palliative care leaders. As part of the leadership program, each Sojourns Scholar receives $180,000 in funding — $90,000 a year over a two-year period — to conduct an innovative and impactful clinical, policy, educational, or systems change project in the field of palliative care.
Dr. Sloan’s project, “Advancing the Development of Faith-Centered, Community-Based Advance Care Planning Within African American Churches,” involves partnering with two black churches in the Baltimore and Washington, DC metropolitan areas to develop and evaluate a faith-centered approach and advance care planning aid. With the support from pastors of each church, Dr. Sloan and her team will engage with leaders and ministers to craft faith-centered language to use in the designing of project communications and materials.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on January 31