Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center

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Outreach and Recruitment Core

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.

Memory University

A program for research partners interested in Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, Memory University takes place every Friday in June of each year. This unique program enables school experts and external researchers to explore new treatments and how best to support those who face this challenging 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.