The Community Advisory Board (CAB) of the Healthier Black Elder (HBE) program in Flint consists of local residents and stakeholders who are passionate about the health and wellbeing of older adults in the Flint community. Established in 2020 with a grant from the National Institute on Aging, the CAB is actively working to establish a participant resource pool of older adult research volunteers similar to the one operating in Detroit. The CAB is partnering with several local organizations who have already laid the foundation for ethical research review in Flint, and the CAB aims to join this coalition and provide support for research that is directly relevant to the needs of minority older adults in the community.
Current Flint CAB Members:
Geraldine Redmond Flint Housing Commission
Luther Evans Community-Based Organizations Partners – Community Ethics Review Board (CBOP-CERB), Anderson Associates Consulting, Man Up Man Down Project; African American stroke project (community PI); Flint Odyssey House
Sharon Saddler Family Life Pastor for Bethlehem Temple Church; Odyssey House; member of Community-Based Organizations Partners – Community Ethics Review Board (CBOP-CERB)
Beverly Lewis Executive Director of Hasselbring Senior Center
Rev. Dr. Sarah Bailey Executive Director of Bridges to the Future; All Faith Health Alliance; Co-founder of Church Challenge program; Stroke Prevention provider; Vice Chair of Community Based Organization Partners Board of Directors (CBOP); Member of Community Ethics Review Board (CBOP-CERB); Pastor of Portraits in Christ Ministry
Yaushica Aubert Valley Area Agency on Aging (VAAA) President and CEO
E. Hill Deloney Director of Odyssey House; Community-Based Organizations Partners – Community Ethics Review Board (CBOP-CERB) Director
Ella Greene Moton Administrator for Community-Based Organizations Partners (CBOP); Member of Community-Based Organization Partners (CBOP) Board of Directors; Community Ethics Review Board (CBOP-CERB); CBRP professional; Michigan Public Health Association; ARGC; Chair of ACTSO program with NAACP
Bishop Bernadel Jefferson Beecher Metropolitan District Commissioner; Vice President of Concerned Pastors; Faith Deliverance Center; CEO of Citizens Advocating United Together Informed Organized for New Direction (CAUTION); Member of Community-Based Organization Partners (CBOP) Board of Directors; Member of Community Ethics Review Board (CERP) Board of Directors; Community Activist
Erica Thrash-Sall Executive Director of McFarlan Charitable Incorporation; Erica Thrash-Sall works with McFarlan Charitable Incorporation to benefit the senior community by ensuring easily accessible health care and affordable housing.
Arlene Sparks Flint Development Center Board Advisor; Community-Based Organization Partners (CBOP) Board Treasurer; Board Member of Community Ethics Review Board (CERB); Mediator for the Community Resolution Center; Member of the Bar Association
Cynthia Howell Chairperson for Genesee County Community Action Resource Department (GCCARD) council; Vice chairperson on Advisory Board of GCCARD; Community Advocate for 22 years