Faculty Expert Profile
- Director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging
- Endowed Professor for Health Equity and Social Justice
- School of Nursing
Sarah Szanton’s work focuses on the roles of the environment and stressors in health disparities in older adults, particularly those trying to “age in place” or stay out of a nursing home. The result is a program called CAPABLE, which combines handyman services with nursing and occupational therapy to improve mobility, reduce disability, and decrease healthcare costs.
She has tested the program's effectiveness through grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Innovations Office at the Center on Medicaid and Medicare Services. She has major funding from the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation to build infrastructure for the CAPABLE program.
She has also conducted a study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, of whether food and energy assistance improve health outcomes for low-income older adults.
A former health policy advocate, Szanton aims her research and publications toward changing policy for older adults and their families.