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Collaborative Approach for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Research and Education (CARE) in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

 

 Summary:  This is a $3.3 million grant (spanning 3 years), specifically to engage, educate and recruit 10,000 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (including Vietnamese Americans) into a potential participant registry for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD), and other aging-related topics such as mental health. This critical and unprecedented endeavor is led by Dr. Van Ta Park, Associate Professor at UCSF School of Nursing, working in partnership with ICAN and many other AAPI academia, professionals, and community-based organizations throughout California.  

ICAN is proud to help strengthen the voice of Vietnamese Americans in the area of research so that culturally competent strategies and services can be documented to better serve Vietnamese communities around the world.  

The ultimate goal of the proposed project, Collaborative Approach for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Research and Education (CARE) in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias, is to address the gap and reduce disparities in ADRD research participation among AAPI through the creation of a registry of AAPI who are interested in participating in various types of ADRD research. CARE will be conducted in five languages (English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean) across four sites in California (San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento County, Los Angeles County, and Orange County).

Who does this project serves/touches:  all Asian Pacific Islanders living in California interested in community-based research

Why is this project needed:  CARE is critical to ensure that AAPI, an underserved population, are meaningfully included in ADRD research. 

What are the deliverables?  CARE will accomplish the following: a) Develop a registry that will facilitate future ADRD research with AAPI; b) Serve as a recruitment model for other populations; c) Increase the capacity of AD Centers/Institutes at and develop a new collaborative team across five universities; and, d) Develop a robust approach and add to the science of recruiting and retaining minorities in research with the overall goal of reducing ADRD disparities.  CARE addresses the NIA's Strategic Directions for Research on Aging: "develop and implement strategies to increase inclusion of diverse populations in research."


When:  September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2022.