Native American Outreach Program
The Native American
Outreach program was established in 2003 with the goals of:
improving awareness, care and scientific understanding of
Alzheimer's disease in the Native American community through a
variety of education and outreach activities; and to support the
participation of interested Native Americans in the ADCC clinical
core, a study of longitudinal aging and dementia.
Banner Alzheimer's Institute assumed oversight of this program in 2008 and since that time has forged working relationships with a variety of Arizona tribal and urban Indian communities and Native health organizations across Arizona.
To learn more about Banner Alzheimer's Institute's Native American Program, please contact Nicole Lomay, Community Outreach Representative at (602) 839-6858 or by email.
Learn more about what we offer:
- Native American Community Services
- Programs for Professionals
- Clinical Research
- Related Resources
- Meet Our Team
- SWICA - Southwest Indigenous Cognitive Assessment
- Customized outreach and education programs designed for communities to increase the knowledge and awareness about Alzheimer's disease/dementia and caregiving strategies. Topics range from tips to keep memory in shape, techniques for caregivers to avoid unnecessary arguments and confrontation when dealing with someone who has dementia to meaningful activities for those with dementia.
- Providing experienced speakers for Native American conferences and outreach events
- Memory screening events hosted in communities where professionals also learn how to identify community members who may have symptoms of memory loss warranting medical evaluation
- A free statewide "Native American Alzheimer's and Dementia" conference hosted in various locations across Arizona
- Continuing medical education (CME) and continuing education units (CEU) for tribal health care providers and Indian Health Services
The Banner Alzheimer's Institute program staff conduct outreach programs to promote the recruitment and retention of elderly Native American volunteers for the normal aging and cognitive study. Other clinical trials and neuroimaging studies are also available.
- Regular teleconferences/webinars designed to provide caregiver education at your convenience
- A free monthly newsletter for family caregivers providing practical information about dementia
- Nicole Lomay, BIS (Navajo) ) is the Community Outreach
Representative for the Native American Outreach Program at Banner
Alzheimer's Institute. Nicole is responsible for helping to raise
awareness about Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias in the
Native American community. In addition, she is tasked with the
evaluation of a culturally sensitive cognitive assessment, bringing
brain health programs into tribal communities, and identifying
education and outreach activities to meet the unique needs of
Southwest tribes. For opportunities in your community, Nicole can
be contacted by
email or by phone at 602-839-6858.
- Dawn S. Batchuluun, CCRP (Tuscarora/Navajo) is a Clinical Research Coordinator with more than 15 years of experience in clinical trials management at various research institutions across the United States. At Banner Alzheimer's Institute, Dawn assumes primary responsibility in the implementation and management of clinical trial protocols. For the Arizona Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Core study, Dawn oversees the recruitment and retention of a vitally important Native American cohort. Her research interests lie in the study of cognition and the development of culturally sensitive measures of ability. For more information about clinical trials or ADCC participation, she can be reached by email or by phone at 602-839-4897.
- Elena Young (Navajo) is a Clinical Research Assistant at Banner
Alzheimer's Institute. Elena received her Clinical Research
Management Master's degree and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's
degree from Arizona State University. She has over 7 years of
experience in clinical trials, regulatory affairs, intellectual
property and business management. In her free time, Elena serves as
a volunteer Board Member (Chair) at Native Health, a community
health center serving Native Americans and general public in
Phoenix Metro area. Her research interests include Alzheimer's
Disease prevention and the Native American experience with the
disease as patients and as caregivers. For more information
about potential research participation, Elena can be reached by email or by phone
- Helle Brand, PA, is the Physician Assistant at the Stead Family Memory Clinic at Banner Alzheimer's Institute. Her work focuses on helping patients and families live successfully with conditions affecting memory and thinking.