Caregiving While Black

The Caring for the Caregiver program is an academic-service center, and we are uniquely positioned to serve our community of caregiving families. Central to our work is what we call the research-service continuum. This means that we are constantly seeking input from our community to develop and improve services to caregivers and one way we do that is by sharing research opportunities with the community.

We are excited to introduce you to Dr. Fayron Epps an Assistant Professor at Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and the Principal Investigator of the Faith Village Research Lab. Dr. Epps is also the Founder and Program Lead for Alter –  Alter is the only nurse-led dementia-friendly initiative to support African American congregations.  Dr. Epps has devoted her career as a nurse leader to reducing health disparities for underserved populations through innovative, culturally relevant programs for the African American community.  She works closely with an interdisciplinary team to promote quality of life for African Americans living with dementia and their family caregivers through self-care and meaningful activities.

Dr. Epps and her team are currently recruiting for the following studies.

Dementia-Friendly Online Worship Service Study

Purpose: To test the feasibility of online worship services tailored for dementia families. Participants will watch 6 online worship services (nondenominational) that are 10 minutes in length and participate in interviews before and after. Tablets with data will be provided to families who need access to technology. Up to $75 will be provided for families for their time.

Who can Participate: African American family caregivers/care partners and persons living with dementia

For more information: Contact Dr. Epps at 678-723-8188 or click here:

View the flyer for more information Dementia Friendly Worship Service Flyer

CaREgiving While Black

Purpose: Determining the effects of a tailored education course on caregivers’ sense of confidence in providing care for persons living with dementia. Participants will take this 6-week course at their own pace and technical assistant will be provided. Participants will also participate in interviews before and after and will be compensated $40 for each completed 30-minute interview.

Who can Participate: African American family caregivers/ care partners to someone living with dementia, memory loss, cognitive impairment, or any neurocognitive disorder.

For more information: Contact Dr. Epps at 404-778-6644 or click here:

View the flyer for more information CaREgiving while Black flyer

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