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Patricia M. Davidson Professorship in Health Equity and Social Justice

School of Nursing

Established in 2018 by Susan M. Epstein in honor of Patricia M. Davidson

SUSAN MATTHEWS EPSTEIN is a 1966 graduate of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Training School for Nurses. Epstein went on to earn a law degree, and continued her lifelong advocacy for access to health care for underserved children and adults. This endowed professorship embodies her belief that nursing science should develop knowledge that promotes health equity and social justice for all.

Established in 2018 as the Health Equity and Social Justice Endowed Professorship, the name changed in 2021 to honor Dean PATRICIA M. DAVIDSON, former dean and honorary alumna of Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, in accordance with the wishes of the donor.

Held by Sarah Szanton

SARAH SZANTON, Ph.D., MSN, RN, FAAN, is the inaugural chair for the Patricia M. Davidson Scholarship in Health Equity and Social Justice and the dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dean Szanton’s main research strands are aging in community, the effects of financial strain on health, and structural racial discrimination and resilience. She has published more than 140 papers and been the Principal Investigator on more than $20 million in grants.  She co-developed the CAPABLE program which has been tested in randomized trials and scaled nationally. She was a 2019 Heinz Award winner for the Human Condition and is a PBS Organization’s “Next Avenue Influencers in Aging.”

She has served as one of the core faculty at the Center on Aging and Health, and the the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions.. She has been by funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation, the St. David’s Foundation, and the AARP Foundation.

Dr. Szanton completed her undergraduate work in African-American studies at Harvard University and holds a nurse practitioner master’s degree at the University of Maryland. Dr. Szanton is also a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, receiving her BSN in 1993 and her PhD in 2007.