Author: The Associated Press

Researchers try to determine why Black community hit hardest by Alzheimer’s disease

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementias is exceptionally demanding.

Stop, and take a moment to ASK: Do you know anyone with Alzheimer’s disease? With the Alzheimer’s Association reporting that more than 5 million people in the United States are living with the disease, there is a good chance that everyone knows someone who has the disease or is affected by it.

Community Resource Spotlight: University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer Disease Research Center

Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders can have devastating effects on individuals, families and communities. These effects can be physical, emotional or even financial. Research has shown that providing information and support to affected persons and communities is important. This support can help to ease the burden of Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions. The outreach core of the University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer Disease Research Center (ADRC) is a key resource for up-to-date information and referrals to support services within the region.

New Precision Medicine Initiative Launched

The University of Pittsburgh CTSI, UPMC, and Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh are proud to partner with the National Institutes of Health All of Us Research Program. As part of this exciting new precision medicine initiative, All of Us Pennsylvania is a local effort to enroll more than 120,000 participants in our region. Nationally, the goal is to enroll 1 million+ people. Over the coming months you will be reading and hearing a lot more on the “Take Charge” Courier pages. For now, we invite you to learn more at

Connectomics in Brain Aging in African Americans between the ages of 50-89

Are you African American and between the ages of 50-89? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study. Researchers want to determine how different parts of the brain are connected and understand how these connections allow us to think, behave and feel. This study involves undergoing brain imaging and completing behavioral evaluations. Compensation is provided.

New Pittsburgh Courier’s Business Calendar (Feb. 21-27)

Tax Workshop & Panel
FEB. 22—The African American Chamber of Commerce presents The Implications of Tax Reform on Individuals and Small Business, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at its offices in the Koppers Building, 635 Grant Street, Downtown. Panelist Joan Ellenbogen, Managing Partner of CrawfordEllenbogen Victor Dozzi, Partner and COO of CrawfordEllenbogen John Stillwaggon, President of Stillwaggon & McGill will discuss what the changes in the tax laws will mean for you and your firm. Cost $10 for members, $20 for non-members and includes a box lunch. For more information, call 412-392-0610.

Beautifying Pittsburgh with …Black History

THE WILKINSBURG BLACK HISTORY MURAL, more than a decade later, still stands proud as one enters Wilkinsburg, near the Busway. (Photos by Frank Zouloufos)

SOMETIMES WE ARE SO USED to seeing something, or driving past it, we forget to reflect on the beauty of it.

McAuley Ministries awards grants to benefit Hill District

McAuley Ministries, Pittsburgh Mercy’s grant-making foundation, has awarded 24 grants totaling $967,550 to 22 nonprofit organizations to expand outreach initiatives to vulnerable populations.

The announcement was made in mid-January.

Black History Month…‘Chappie’ James, first African American four-star general


Daniel James Jr. was his actual name, but everyone knew him as “Chappie.”

Air Force Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Jr. became the first African American service member to reach the rank of full general, a four-star general, in 1975. At the time, he was also named commander of the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD), with responsibility for all aspects of air defense for the United States and Canada.

Get them to their goal! Help send 100 Woodland Hills students to see “Black Panther”

AUNT CHERYL JOHNSON, with Woodland Hills students Elijah Page and Tommie Stribling. Aunt Cheryl’s Café is just $200 short of her goal to send 100 Woodland Hills students to see the movie, “Black Panther.”