Fayron Epps


Assistant Professor and Director of Community Engagement and Research, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University

Fayron Epps, PhD, RN, is a nurse with over 20 years of experience and is currently serving as an assistant professor and the Director of Community and Research Engagement in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, Southern Gerontological Society, and Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Epps leads initiatives focused on developing and transitioning individuals from historically underrepresented groups into the nursing profession and/or faculty role. Dr. Epps also serves as the principal investigator for the Faith Village Research Lab and is the founder of the Alter Program, a nurse-led dementia-friendly congregation program. She is an active member with numerous professional organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Southern Gerontological Society, and Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter. She also serves on the Leadership Core of the Public Health Center of Excellence in Dementia Caregiving at the University of Minnesota. Her career goal as a nurse scholar is to promote quality of life for families affected by dementia through research, education, and service. Her program of research involves evidence-based practices for promoting quality of life for African Americans with dementia and their family caregivers/care partners. She is particularly interested in exploring the way religious activities and spiritual connectedness can promote meaningful engagement among persons with dementia across the country. Additionally, Dr. Epps works to place culturally tailored evidenced-based programs and interventions in the hands of those individuals who need it the most.

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Town Hall
Wednesday Oct. 12
2:30–3:15 PM
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Prioritizing Early Detection: What’s Needed, What’s Working, and How We Can Ensure Everyone Has Access

Although Black and Latino older adults are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s and dementia, diagnoses are more likely to be missed or delayed for people in these groups. Lumping together all people of color with a “one size fits all” approach is not the solution. These disparities stem from a complex set of factors including systemic racism, historic marginalization, cost, and more. Key Question: How can all of Us drive brain health awareness, risk reduction, and early detection—especially in Black and Latino communities?

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