Jacksonville ADRC Outreach

The outreach activities of the Mayo Clinic ADRC in Jacksonville seek to raise awareness about dementia and help prepare communities to support residents with memory loss and their families through community-based solutions. We are committed to eliminating dementia-related health disparities and ensuring that opportunities to participate Alzheimer’s research are available to all.

To meet our outreach goals, a variety of educational programs, skill-building workshops, caregiver support activities, and special events are developed and delivered throughout the year in partnership with our ADRC Community Advisory Board and local organizations, including the member organizations of Jacksonville's New Town Success Zone and Dementia Care & Cure Initiative. To learn more about our past or upcoming community outreach events, check our our events calendar.



Many people contribute to the success of the Mayo Clinic ADRC. A full list of faculty and core leaders at both campuses (Rochester and Jacksonville) can be found here.


The Mayo Clinic ADRC has a long history of partnering with the Jacksonville African American community to address dementia-related health disparities. These efforts have led to important discoveries that have improved our ability to identify dementia-related memory loss and risk factors in African Americans.

Monica Albertie,
Center on Health Equity and Community Research

Brenda Ford
ADRC Outreach Coordinator

Michelle Fudge
ADRC Study & Outreach Coordinator

Sylvia Grant, CCRC
ADRC Study Coordinator

John Lucas, PhD
Director, ADRC Outreach

Francine Parfitt, MS
Education Specialist

Maisha Robinson, MD
Neurology & Palliative Medicine

Jolita Wainwright
Project Lead,
Dementia Caring Community

Floyd Willis, M.D.
ADRC Outreach Faculty


Members of the Mayo Clinic ADRC advisory board are keenly aware of the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and AD-related dementia on African American families and communities. Our mission is to develop and deliver quality awareness and education programs that empower and enhance the quality of life of people with memory loss and their care partners.

Seated: M. Wilger, P. Quarles, M. Fudge, P. Hicks-Harley, B. Frinks, J. Wainwright, B. Darby.
Standing: V. Mitchell, D. Bell, F. Parfitt, M. Robinson, F. Williams, S. Randolph, S. Walker, D. Putman, K. Reddick, J. Lucas.
Not Pictured: B. Cody, J. Holmes, S. Hicks Brown, E. McKissick, C. Smith.


The Mayo Clinic ADRC in Jacksonville relies on a strong network of volunteers within the local community to bring the awareness, education, skills training, and caregiver support, needed to address dementia-related health disparities. We are grateful for all of their hard work!

Community Volunteers (in alphabetical order): Geneva Barrier, LaVon Benton, Shirley Brown, Tyrone Brown, Inez Coley, Kiara Edwards, Marcia Ellison, Mildred Flagg-Wester, Brenda Ford, Monica Gordon, Robert Gordon, Tina Logan, Verona Mitchell, Catherine Powell, Rosalind Rawls, Kenneth Reddick, Earl Reed, Peggy Reed, Chiquita Rivers, Annecia Scott, Jolita Wainwright, Bill Walton, Altamese White, Gary Whitehead, Melzetta Whitmore (not pictured: Debra Dennis, Ruby James).


  • The Florida Dementia Care and Cure Initiative engages communities across the state to be more dementia-friendly, promote better care for Floridians affected by dementia, and support research efforts to find a cure.
  • Dementia Friendly America is a national network seeking to ensure that communities across the U.S. are equipped to support people living with dementia and their caregivers.
  • Dementia Friends USA is part of a global movement changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia.