COAACH in the Community
Hurricane Florence

Over the years, the COAACH team has been privileged to connect with many of the eastern communities of North Carolina through our many outreach events and activities. At the same time, we have benefited from the support and engagement of the wonderful individuals, families, and organizations who have become a part of our COAACH community.

Hurricane Florence may have come and gone, but it has left many families and communities reeling, grieving and struggling to recover. For all who have been impacted by the hurricane, we extend our heartfelt concern, thoughts, and prayers. 
COAACH Caregiver Education Conference 2018
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COAACH Featured
Dr. Goldie S. Byrd Named Director for Maya Angelou Center
Goldie S. Byrd, Ph.D., professor and researcher, has been named the director of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity (MACHE), at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Byrd shared her thoughts regarding the transition.

After serving A&T for 15 years, as a chair, endowed professor, dean, and center director, I will be leaving my alma mater. I will be joining the faculty in the School of Medicine at Wake Forest University, where I will lead the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity. I will lead multi-disciplinary efforts that address health disparities among special populations who are disproportionately burdened with disease. My Alzheimer's genetics work in African Americans will be included in that work. I will also maintain a relationship with COAACH where both centers will partner in research, manuscript development, project development, and training in areas that address health disparities.

COAACH will continue to exist as a university research and engagement center. It will continue to provide services, community engagement, training and research in Alzheimer's and aging-related conditions. In the interim,
Dr. Grace Byfield will direct COAACH, and the center will bring on a new director in January. I am excited about the new leadership and about the potential for COAACH and the contributions it will continue to make across the state of North Carolina and the country. I am also happy to continue to serve N.C. A&T as an engaged and giving alumna.

Congratulations Dr. Byrd!

COAACH Caregiver College (C3) Lay Health Ambassadors'
Community Events

The 2018 Lay Health Ambassador graduates of the C3 program have begun their outreach. They are hosting events and opportunities to educate their communities and congregations about how to better understand and manage Alzheimer’s, diabetes and related chronic diseases. 

These are among the informative programs and services the new lay health ambassadors from Emmanuel Baptist Church (Winston Salem, NC); and the City of Refuge Ministries (Brown Summit, NC); have offered:
A Health and Wellness Seminar on nutrition, hypertension, advance directives, and caring for the caregiver; the seminar included a healthy meal for participants.
A “Rainbow Tea” was held as part of a fundraising event. COAACH Lay Health Ambassador Sataria Cox hosted the “green” table and featured fresh foods from her personal garden as well as the church’s community garden. 
Ms. Cox’s display shared information on healthy eating habits and the importance of good nutrition.
COAACH Caregiver's Survey
We recently emailed you a caregiver’s survey. Thank you for taking the time to complete it! We value your feedback, which will assist the COAACH team in creating programs and services and providing resources that meet your interests and needs as caregivers.

If you did not have the opportunity to complete the caregiver’s survey, there is still time. We want to hear from you. Learn more about this important survey and how you can participate:

For the past 16 years, researchers at the Center for Outreach in Alzheimer’s, Aging and Community Health (COAACH) at North Carolina A&T State University have conducted research to understand why African-Americans are twice more likely to have Alzheimer’s disease than Caucasians. African- American families also have more caregiver burden than other racial and ethnic groups.  To address concerns of caregivers in general, and specifically of African American and other underserved families, we are preparing to write a new book for caregivers. 

Please assist us by completing the following short survey containing questions and topics that are most important to you. 

If you have additional questions regarding the survey, please contact
Dr. Karen F. Williams, D.Min., COAACH Oral History Project consultant; Office: 336-285-2165 or toll-free: 1-888-248-2808.
Alzheimer’s News & Information
Did you know where you live can significantly impact your health?

In a recent study published in the journal BMJ Open, researchers found a positive association between air pollution exposure and being diagnosed with dementia (Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, non-specific) across Greater London, England neighborhoods among older adults.

This study has important public health implications for vulnerable populations, especially communities of color and economically disadvantaged groups who are more likely to live near pollution sources that may be associated with dementia. Learn more about this study

Citation: Carey IM, Anderson HR, Atkinson RW, et al. Are noise and air pollution related to the incidence of dementia? A cohort study in London, England. BMJ Open 2018; 8:e022404. 

Congress tripled the National Institute of Health’s annual budget for Alzheimer's research, raising it to $1.9 billion. The growth spurt isn't over: Two drafts 2019 spending bills for the NIH would bring the total to $2.3 billion—more than 5 percent of NIH's overall budget. (Also see Science, “The Alzheimer’s gamble: NIH tries to turn billions in new funding into treatment for deadly brain disease”

To Manage Dementia Well, Start With The Caregivers (Source: National Public Radio, Sept. 15, 2018) 
What some physicians are saying: "We just can't train enough physicians to provide dementia care. Instead, we need to take the daily treatment and management of these patients out of the hands of physicians and put it into the hands of the caregivers 
COAACH Spotlight
Dr. Karen Fern Williams, COAACH Oral History Project consultant, has written a play. “Black Women Walking” will be performed at the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival on Saturday, October 6.

Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center
3181 Rainbow Drive (Main Stage)
Decatur, GA 30034
Welcome to the COAACH Team
Doreen Cunningham, Ph.D.
Interim Program Manager and Consultant

Dr. Doreen Cunningham, a leader, researcher, and educator worked previously as division head, assistant dean, department chair, and a faculty member at other Historically Black Colleges and Universities in North Carolina. 

Dr. Cunningham’s Ph.D. is in comparative biomedical sciences and microbiology. Her research areas include Salmonella invasion gene expression, prostate cancer and Chlamydia invasion at North Carolina State University, North Carolina Central University and Duke University. She also brings experience in educational research and has published articles and book chapters on her work.  

In 2017, Dr. Cunningham was listed in the “Who’s Who in Science,” and in 2015, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences named her an Educator of Excellence.
Kristen B. Naney, Ph.D.
Research Professor

Dr. Kristen B. Naney, an environmental health scientist, joined the COAACH team as a research professor after completing a postdoctoral research fellowship with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Naney’s research interests include cumulative risk assessment, community resilience, environmental justice, environmental health disparities, and decision science. She has published several manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and presented her research at national conferences.

Dr. Naney earned her Bachelors of Science degree in biology with a public health minor from James Madison University. She also earned a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in community-based health from Mercer University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in toxicology and environmental health from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her doctoral research focused on “The Development of Community-Informed Cumulative Stressors and Resiliency Index (CSRI) to Examine Environmental Health Disparities in South Carolina.”
Healthy Recipe
Super Energy Kale Soup not only tastes good, but it is also an ideal way to get more vegetables into your diet. 

DID YOU KNOW? Leafy green kale packs a huge amount of flavonoids which all add up to its cancer protective properties.

1 medium onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
5 cups chicken or bone broth
1 medium carrot, diced into 1/4-inch cubes (about 1 cup)
1 cup diced celery
2 red potatoes, diced into 1/2-inch cubes
3 cups kale, rinsed, stems removed and chopped very fine
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 teaspoons dried sage
Salt and pepper to taste

Caregiver Tips
Providing a safe home for a person with Alzheimer’s is key. Learn how you can help prevent falls:  

  • To make floors less slippery, leave floors unpolished or install nonskid strips.
  • Remove small throw rugs. Use rugs with non-skid backing.
  • Have a sturdy handrail on stairways.
  • Make sure cords to electrical outlets are out of the way or tacked to baseboards.
Upcoming Events
Healthy Aging Lunch & Learn Monthly Series 
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
(Events are free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided)

• 10 Keys to Healthy Aging – October 4 CANCELLED
• Medicare Update – November 1
• Healthy Holidays – December 6
N.C. A&T Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group Sessions 
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
(Events are free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided)

• Caregiving and Sexuality – October 15
• Health and Alzheimer’s Disease – November 19
• Support Group Holiday Social – December 17

For more information about the Lunch & Learn and Support Group meetings, please contact Dora Som-Pimpong at 336.285.2200 or click on the link below: 

WANTED: Aggies Against Alzheimer's Students
Students, help create Alzheimer’s awareness among your peers on campus. Find out how you can increase support and health outcomes for Alzheimer’s patients and their millennial caregivers, and help establish long-term community partnerships to combat the disease.

To join Aggies Against Alzheimer’s contact Takiyah Starks, Aggies Against Alzheimer’s Advisor at or (336) 285-2172.
COAACH Mission
The mission of COAACH is to improve the health and well-being of communities by providing education, community empowerment and evidence-based research so that individuals, particularly the most vulnerable, can live life with quality, dignity, and independence.