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Native American Outreach Program

The Native American Outreach program was launched in 2003 to: 

  • Foster awareness, care and scientific understanding of Alzheimer’s/dementia in Native American communities through education and outreach activities

  • Support participation among Native Americans in the Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center (ADCC) clinical core, a study of longitudinal aging and dementia

In 2008, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute assumed oversight of the Native American Outreach program and since then has forged working NativeAmericanArtrelationships Arizona tribal and urban Indian communities as well as Native American health organizations. 

Learn more:

Contact Nicole Lomay, Community Outreach Representative, Native American Outreach program
Phone (602) 839-6858

Native American community and caregiver services

Our Native American Outreach program features these community and caregiver services:

  • SWICA - Southwest Indigenous Cognitive Assessment 

  • Customized outreach and education programs designed to increase community knowledge and awareness of Alzheimer’s disease/dementia as well as offer information about caregiving strategies. Topics include tips to maintain memory, techniques for caregivers to avoid unnecessary arguments when caring for people with dementia and meaningful activities for people with dementia. 

  • Experienced speakers for Native American conferences and outreach events.

  • Memory screening events in communities where professionals also learn how to identify people with memory loss symptoms that need medical evaluation.

  • A free statewide “Native American Alzheimer’s and Dementia” conference in locations throughout Arizona.

Programs for professionals

  • Continuing medical education (CME) and continuing education units (CEU) for tribal health care providers and Indian Health Services.

  • “Alzheimer’s Disease in Native American Communities” conference, introduced in 2015.

Clinical research and related resources

  • The Banner Alzheimer’s Institute team sponsors outreach programs to recruit and retain elderly Native American volunteers for the normal aging and cognitive study. Other clinical trials and neuroimaging studies also are available.

  • Regular teleconferences and webinars to provide caregiver education at your convenience.

  • The BAI Beacon, a free monthly newsletter for family caregivers featuring practical information about dementia.

  • Navigating through Memory Loss: A guide for patients and families, an exceptional resource that addresses current and ongoing Alzheimer’s/dementia medical, emotional, social and financial needs.

Meet our team

Nicole Lomay, BIS (Navajo)
Community Outreach Representative

Lomay is dedicated to raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease/dementia in Native American communities. In that role she:

  • Evaluates the culturally sensitive cognitive assessment

  • Brings brain health programs to tribal communities 

  • Identifies education and outreach activities to meet the unique needs of Southwest tribes

(602) 839-6858

Dawn S. Batchuluun, CCRP (Tuscarora/Navajo)
Clinical Research Coordinator

Batchuluun brings more than 15 years’ experience in clinical trial management at various U.S. research institutions to her role at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. As clinical research coordinator, Batchuluun implements and manages clinical trial protocols for Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. She also oversees recruitment and retention for the Arizona Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical Core (ADDC) study, a vitally important Native American cohort. Batchuluun’s research interests lie in the study of cognition and the development of culturally sensitive measures of ability.

(602) 839-4897

Helle Brand, PA
Physician Assistant
Stead Family Memory Center at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute

As a physician assistant, Brand helps patients and families live successfully with conditions affecting memory and thinking. Her professional interests include education and counseling related to understanding and living with dementia. Brand has a Master’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.