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Johns Hopkins Alzheimer's Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research

Welcome Three New RCMAR Scientists

The JHAD-RCMAR is pleased to announce the selection of three new 2020-2021 Johns Hopkins University RCMAR Scientists. Each scientist received a Pilot Project Award in the amount of $30,000 for a one-year period. The three awardees are:

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Chanee D. Fabius, PhD, MA for her project entitled "Surveying Direct Care Agencies in Maryland to Examine Quality of Life of Older Medicaid Home and Community-Based Service Recipients with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD)." Her research informs aging and disability policies to reduce health care disparities and improve health equity for older adults and people with disabilities using long-term services and supports (LTSS). Her interests are informed by applied, clinical care management experience, where she helped older adults remain at home and delay the need for nursing home care. 



Dr. Carrie Nieman, MD, MPH for her project entitled "Addressing Disparities among Minority Older Adults with Dementia through Affordable, Accessible, Home-Based Hearing Care". The goal of the project is to address the large unmet hearing care needs of persons living with dementia, particularly among older Black adults. The project aims to develop and pilot a hearing care intervention delivered at home by a speech-language pathologist (SLP), which is a potentially reimbursable and scalable approach to extending access to hearing care.  



Manka Nkimbeng, PhD, MPH, RN for her project “The African Immigrant Dementia Education Project”. Preliminary findings from focus groups and advisory board meetings of the African Immigrant Memory Loss Project (AIMLP) in North Minneapolis reveal that: 1) there is a lack of understanding about dementia diagnosis, care management and resources, and 2) there are sociocultural and religious issues impacting dementia care in the African immigrant community. This education project will build on the foundation that is being laid by the AIMLP to develop a culturally tailored dementia education program with and for African immigrants in Minnesota and Maryland.