Welcome to Memory Keepers!
The Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team is focused on collaborative research to improve dementia outcomes in Indigenous and rural communities. Led by Dr. Kristen Jacklin, the team will work to preserve brain health through collaborative, community-based research with rural and Indigenous partners. The origin of the name, “Memory Keepers” Medical Discovery Team is significant. In many American Indian cultures, respected adults and Elders of the tribe are responsible for preserving sacred medicine bundles, songs, and stories. By prevention or aggressive management of diabetes, the risk of vascular, Alzheimer’s, and other dementias can be reduced. In this spirit, the research to preserve brain health will enable American Indian communities to continue to benefit from the wisdom of their adults and Elders far into the future.
We promote strength-based, culturally grounded community-based participatory approaches to research. To address dementia and brain health inequity in Rural and Indigenous populations, the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team – Health Equity will conduct foundational socio-cultural and population health research and develop interventions to meet the challenges and needs of rural and Indigenous people living their lives far from the resources of urban population centers.