Outreach and Recruitment Core

As increasing numbers of elderly exhibit late-life cognitive impairment and associated challenges, outreach in the local and statewide community is critical to inform the aging members of the population and their families about the importance of early diagnosis, available treatment and management options. The Outreach and Recruitment Core administers community outreach and recruitment programs to advance awareness of the critically important role of participating in research at the Indiana Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

Strengthening a Community of Research

This core has developed numerous important relationships with health professionals and service providers throughout Indiana, which increase the visibility and reach of the center’s programs. Developing culturally sensitive recruitment strategies and educational activities is extremely important and necessary to advance Alzheimer’s disease research in meaningful ways.

The Indiana Alzheimer’s Disease Center is increasing outreach and recruitment activities in the African American community and has begun working with the Hispanic/Latino community in Indianapolis, a relatively young and quickly growing community.

While all Outreach and Recruitment Core activities are treated as recruitment opportunities, core members understand the importance of building rapport and establishing trusting relationships with community members, health care providers and social service professionals to engage minority groups with information and support related to Alzheimer’s disease.

Goals

To promote the understanding of brain health and neurodegenerating diseases in Indiana, neighboring regions and beyond.

To facilitate recruitment of research participants to the Indiana Alzheimer’s Disease Center and related research studies. Indiana Alzheimer’s Disease Center outreach programs greatly impact the increasing awareness of dementing disorders which, in turn, increase the likelihood of participation in the Indiana Alzheimer’s Disease Center, providing support to the National Alzheimer’s Plan Act goals of expanding supports for people with Alzheimer’s Disease and their families and to enhance public awareness and engagement.