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Community-Liaison and Recruitment Core

The Community-Liaison and Recruitment Core focuses on training RCMAR Scientists to successfully develop Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders (ADRD) interventions using a Community-Based Participatory Research paradigm. In addition, the Community-Liaison and Recruitment Core will communicate and collaborate with community organizations to increase the translation of the preventive strategies and interventions that are developed by the RCMAR Scientists. The Community-Liaison and Recruitment Core is co-led by Janice Bowie, PhD, MPH, Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Elizabeth Tanner, PhD, RN, Professor in the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Drs. Bowie and Tanner bring substantial expertise to the Core evidenced by: Dr. Bowie’s expertise with faith-based communities, and implementation and sustainability of community health programs; and Dr. Tanner’s expertise with community-based participatory research and working with community settings with underserved older adults.

The Community-Liaison and Recruitment Core, working with the other cores, supports an infrastructure that aims to prevent cognitive and functional decline and reduce dementia risk among minority older adults. We envision a link between the AD-RCMAR and community organizations by pairing RCMAR Scientists with a community member or organization and providing a forum for discussion of research in a Community Resource Institute (CRI) intended to be as much “by” community members as “for” community members.

Community-Liaison and Recruitment Core Aims

  1. To work with the Administrative Core to:

    1. Develop collaborative relationships with primary care practices, communities of faith, and community based organizations as partners in designing interventions to ameliorate health disparities in cognitive impairment and ADRD in minority older adults.

    2. Identify and develop culturally appropriate mechanisms for disseminating information about ADRD and about related research results.

  2. To be guided by the Research Education Component to:

    1. ​​​Establish new or adapt evidence-based intervention models that embrace community participation and future trial results for minority older persons.

    2. Train RCMAR scientists, investigators, and lay consumers about community engaged research, including the ethical dimensions.

  3. To collaborate with the Analysis Core to:

    1. Enhance the capacity of representatives of community-based organizations, faith communities, and primary care practitioners to participate in research as partners in inquiry.

    2. Sudy recruitment and retention of older participants in ADRD-relevant research, particularly minority older adults.

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