MAB In Person 2023 Spring Meeting
The Minority Advisory Board (MAB) is a significate part of engaging community members to help with getting the word out about the CADRC and to assistant in the recruitment of minority participants into the study.
Martha Sajatovic, MD, Core Leader of the Outreach Recruitment Engagement Core/OREC & Edna Fuentes-Casiano, Senior Outreach Coordinator of the Outreach Recruitment Engagement Core/OREC hosted the meeting April 11, 2023 at the W.O. Walker Building with an interesting and packed agenda. The program featured 2 speakers, Dr. Leverenz and Dr. Lerner. Dr. Leverenz provided a CADRC update and MAB appreciation and Dr. Lerner presented an overview of Genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease in Minoritized Populations. Dr. Sajatovic also presented an overview of the POWER Project research study. The MAB will continue to meet every other month to continue their efforts in raising dementia awareness, linking CADRC scientists and community stakeholders and recruiting more research participants from under-represented groups into research.
Recruiting participants for research studies is difficult, but it’s even more difficult to engage individuals that have been historically under represented in dementia research samples. This is extremely unfortunate given that African-American and Hispanic individuals bear the brunt of dementia burden and are 1.5-2 x more likely to have dementia. That is why we have created the MAB to assist us in the effort. They are experts by experience and have the skills and talents to help us achieve equity in research engagement and participation.
The Minority Advisory Board will continue to meet throughout the year, generally every other month on the second Tuesday at 4pm. The next meeting scheduled is August 22, 2023 and will be meeting in-person at the W.O. Walker Building.
Edna Fuentes-Casiano MAB Coordinator
Denise Rucker Burton
Martha Sajatovic, MD
Carolyn Still, PhD