Virtual program examines the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on the African-American community

Dr. Goldie Byrd

According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2022 Facts & Figures report, black Americans are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia as their white counterparts, but less likely to be diagnosed. During Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, the Alzheimer’s Association will host a virtual program from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, featuring three experts who will address this issue and explore important Dementia-related topics such as risk factors, the importance of getting a diagnosis, researching and more.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring together these three accomplished experts to help raise awareness and understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in the Black community. I hope this helps change the disparities that exist when it comes to how this heartbreaking disease affects families,” said Meg Boyce, vice president of programs and services for Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter, who helped organize the event.

Dr Carl Hill

Speakers participating in “Twice the Risk: The Impact of Dementia on Communities of Color” will include Dr. Goldie Byrd, Professor of Public Health Sciences and Director of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest School of Medicine; Dr. Carl V. Hill, Ph.D., MPH, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Alzheimer’s Association; and Dr. Dozene Guishard, director of health and wellness initiatives at the Carter Burden Network.

Dr. Goldie Byrd is a former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Biology Chair, and Nathan F. Simms Distinguished Professor of Biology at North Carolina State Unversity. She conducts research on the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease in African Americans, to understand genetic variants that might be attributed to the increased burden of Alzheimer’s disease in this population.

Dr. Carl Hill, Ph.D, MPH, overseas initiatives to strengthen the Association’s reach to all populations and provide communities with resources and support to address the Alzheimer’s disease crisis. He is responsible for developing partnerships with organizations to advance diversity, equity and inclusion. Through his leadership, the Association has expanded its reach in various communities.

Dr Douzene Guishard

Dr. Dozene Guishard has extensive experience in the non-profit, government, public health, again service and corporate sectors. She currently serves on the board of the National Alzheimer’s Association and previously served as chair of the Hudson Valley Chapter board.

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