Meet the CADRC Minority Advisory Board (MAB)

The Minority Advisory Board (MAB) is a significant part of engaging community members to help with getting the word out about the CADRC and to assist in the recruitment of minority participants into the study.

Recruiting participants for research studies is difficult, but it’s even more difficult to engage individuals that have been historically underrepresented 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 times 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 MAB is led by our 2 Chairs, Edna Fuentes-Casiano and Kellee Bacote, and our Co-Chair, Darlene Walker. Dr. Martha Sajatovic, Core Leader of the Outreach Recruitment Engagement Core/OREC, works with the MAB as an advisor.

The Mission of the CADRC Ambassador Committee is to assist the Cleveland Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in their commitment to reach out to the Greater Cleveland underrepresented communities to better understand Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
Their purpose is to ensure advocacy, community representation, and provide brain health education/resources to those caring for or living with Alzheimer’s disease and Related Dementias. The goal is to increase participation in Alzheimer’s disease and Related Dementias research studies in diverse communities.