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Benefiting our community

PreSERVE Coalition supports research that centers on Portland’s older Black community. Researchers interested in working with us undergo a review process. They must demonstrate why their research is important to the health of older Black adults, how it will benefit our community, and how the researcher will sustain a relationship with our community after the research is over.


SHARP (Sharing History through Active Reminiscence & Photo-imagery) Study


Raina Croff, PhD. OHSU

SHARP is a neighborhood walking program to increase social and physical activity. The study’s community giveback was an online resource and workshops about healthy aging in the Black community. Walking routes with historical images to prompt conversation are available on the website. An oral history digital archive of SHARP participants’ memories, stories, and reflections about Black life in Portland will be made available soon.

SPARX3 (Study in Parkinson Disease of Exercise)


Martina Mancini, PhD. OHSU

SPARX3 is a research study to learn more about the effects of aerobic exercise on people with Parkinson's disease who have not yet started medication for their PD. It will compare the effects of moderate intensity treadmill exercise to high intensity treadmill exercise on the signs and symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

Tele-Stella, Tele-Savvy, Tele-Star Caregiver Support Studies


Allison Lindauer, PhD. OHSU

The Tele-STELLA (Support via TEchnology: Living and Learning with Advancing ADRD) and other tele-study interventions address the need for a personalized approach to assist families in managing the behavioral symptoms of dementia. Tele-studies use videoconferencing to connect experienced guides (e.g., nurses) with CPs. The real-time educational intervention is for families caring for those in moderate to late-stage dementia. 


Mindfulness in the African American Community


Jeffrey Proulx, PhD. OHSU

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Older Black adults engaged in X weekly mindfulness-based stress reduction and discussed ways that mindfulness classes could better reflect African American culture.

Designing Faith-Based Home Activities for African American Older Adults with Dementia


Fayron Epps, PhD. Georgia State University

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Participation in religious activities provides meaningful connections and enhances spiritual connectedness and quality of life for many African American older adults. This project will benefit the African American community by building awareness about dementia and support families affected by dementia.


Would you like to be one of our research liaisons?

To apply, please follow the instructions on this form. 

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