The Community Advisory Board (CAB) of the Healthier Black Elders Center (HBEC) consists of local metro Detroit community members who:
Are interested in reducing health-related disparities that impact African African older adults
Are willing to contribute to and support the research, outreach, and education efforts and activities of the Healthier Black Elders Center
The Detroit CAB is responsible for:
Attending quarterly meetings
Planning and attending the Lunch & Learn series
Contributing ideas and content for a community newsletter.
Promoting Healthier Black Elders programs throughout the community, and
Sharing their experiences with research in order to recruit for a volunteer registry of research participants, called the Participant Resource Pool (PRP).
Reviewing applications for research projects that want to utilize the Participant Resource Pool as a sample for a study.
Academic researchers at local universities who have received institutional review board (IRB) approval for their work can apply to the CAB for access to a list of potential research participants included in the Healthier Black Elders Participant Research Pool (PRP).
The CAB provides an additional layer of review to ensure that the proposed study maximizes benefit for Black older adults. CAB members are trained with a research curriculum to support their ability to review research studies and they have the support of faculty liaisons at the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR). Learn more at https://mcuaaar.org
Current Detroit CAB Members:
Dr. Ethel Ambrose Social Worker (ret.)
Mr. Eugene Odom American General Insurance Comp. (ret.)
Mr. Odom was born in Ohio, but moved to Detroit at age 4 and continues to live there today. He first worked at Cadillac Motor, then served as a court liaison for 10 years in the Wayne County Substance Abuse Department. He eventually transitioned to a career in life insurance for several years before retiring. After being encouraged by a friend to consider being part of the community advisory board for HBEC, he joined and has been a member for 17 years.
Mr. James Bridgforth Claims and Servicing Manager, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (ret.)
Ms. JoAnn Smith Medicare/Medicaid Trainer and Volunteer Coordinator, Detroit Area Agency on Aging (ret.)
Mr. Henry Swift Owner, Swift Office Solutions
Mr. Swift is a Vietnam veteran who served as an occupational therapy technician in San Francisco where he treated returning injured soldiers. He is a Wayne State University alumnus with a bachelors of arts degree in philosophy. He and his wife started a computer supply company, Swift Computer Supplies, that has been part of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council for over 30 years and received the Council’s supplier award. He also published his first novel in 2010 about the original Buffalo Soldiers and has since written HBEC NEWS FROM FLINT a screenplay and sequel novel. Mr. Swift has been a member of the community advisory board for just over a year now.
Ms. Precious Everett City of Detroit, Principal Medical Tech (ret.)
Mr. Clarence Steen Photographer
Ms. Johnetta McLeod Tax Examiner, City of Detroit (ret.)
Mr. Freddie Hawkins Senior Industrial Hygienist State of Michigan (ret.)
Ms. Alice Feurtado Human Resources Assistant Westin Hotel (ret.)
Ms. Patricia Mullin Realtor, Amazing Real Estate Solutions
Patricia Mullin was born and raised in Detroit MI. In the past she lived in Alabama and Georgia. Pat’s past life experiences were as an Insurance agent and an Investment advisor, Substitute Teacher, Registered Radiology Technician and a Nuclear Medicine Technologist. Pat also had a Licensed Adult Foster Care Home in Oak Park MI. Patricia earned her Bachelor degree in Applied Science with a Minor of Health Care Administration from Siena Heights University. Presently she is a Realtor, investor, and aspires to become a Community Developer. A Senior at 67 years young she is still energetic and has the desire to build affordable housing in Detroit.
Mrs. Fannie Spears Administrative Assistant, Wayne County Court System (ret.)
Attorney Adrienne Watts JD Elder Law, Law Office of Adrienne C. Watts, PLC
Dr. Shirley McRae Detroit Public Schools (ret.)
Dr. Shirley McRae was born and raised in Detroit. She earned her bachelor’s degree in medical technology at Wayne State in 1954. After working for 10 years as a medical technologist, she turned her passion toward education. She earned her teaching certificate and taught science at Detroit Public Schools for many years. She went on to get her master’s degree and taught at Wayne State for four years, then went on to receive a PhD in education. Dr. McRae has been a community advisory board member for over 10 years.
Ms. Wilma Stringer Division Coordinator for Development Detroit Institute of Arts (ret.)
Mr. Sy Jensen
Mr. Jensen is a retired Chemist who previously worked for the County of Wayne, BASF, Ford Motor and Consumers Energy. He currently owns his on financial services business to help entrepreneurs to enter in the financial services industry with an office in Redford, Michigan.
Mr. Roland Samaroo
Mr. Roland Samaroo is a retired psychologist and mediator, he worked in the mental health field for many years in various capacities including administration and education. He places great values on education and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Wayne State University and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. Mr. Samaroo is honored to serve on several boards, including the Wayne County Dispute Resolution Center and Center of Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State.