The Johns Hopkins Alzheimer's Disease Research Center recognizes the need to maintain an effective and mutually satisfying partnership with the community its serves. To that end, a Memory and Aging Community Advisory Board has been formed. It is made up of local community leaders with an interest in dementia, including representatives of the minority community (i.e., pastoral leaders, heads of community organizations, health officials from State/City/County Departments, political leaders, representatives of the Alzheimer's Association, and families of patients who have been touched by Alzheimer's Disease).
The Executive Officers of the community board include: Tyrone Qualls (Chair), Harietta Wallace (Vice-Chair), Octavia Byrd (Secretary) and Ernestine Jones Jolivet (Development Chair). Members of the board from the Greater Maryland Community include: Thomasine Baskerville, Crystal Day-Black, Maria Gray Bowie, Teriko Epps, Ruth Honnas, Peggy Jackson, Carolyn Jenkins, Shelley Jennings, Elouise Mayne, Randy Mortis, Marina Nellius, Deborah Peaks-Coleman, Valerie Richardson (Community Education Chair), Jackie Seth, Betty Shughrue, and Mary Ellen Smackum. ADRC faculty and staff associated with the board include: Marilyn Albert, Andrea Nelson, Corinne Pettigrew (Research Chair), and Quincy Samus. The Mission Statement of the board is listed below.
- Education - Increase access of AD education and care interventions in the Greater Baltimore community
- Recruitment - Enhance the integrity of Alzheimer's research through recruitment of diverse ethnic and racial groups
- Communication about research - Provide a forum for community concerns about research
- Revisions in procedures - Improve research so that it is consistent with community goals and needs
For more information about the community board, contact Ms. Octavia Byrd at: 410-550-2281.