Michael McCarthy, an Associate Professor in the Social Work Department, is serving as Co-Investigator on a competitively-funded administrative supplement to the Southwest Healthy Equity Research Collaborative (SHERC) core grant. The study is funded in the amount of $374,906 from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging. The long-term goal of this study is to develop culture-based programs for underserved (Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, rural) family caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD). The goal of this award is to gain a multi-level understanding of these issues by conducting a mixed-methods study with underserved ADRD caregivers living in Northern Arizona, one of the catchment areas of the parent U54, SHERC. The Specific Aims are to: (1) Characterize the population-specific needs, assets, resources, and outcomes of this population in Northern Arizona by developing and distributing a self-report survey (N=240); (2) Determine caregiver, provider, and policy influencers’ perceptions of the unique needs, assets, and resources of diverse ADRD caregivers in Northern Arizona by conducting individual interviews and focus groups (N=48), and; (3) Develop GIS maps of existing and potential sites of resources to assist community members, researchers, and policy influencers to identify and address community-level health inequities among ADRD caregivers. As Co-Investigator on this this, Dr. McCarthy will be primarily responsible for overseeing the completion of Aim 1 including the development of the survey, recruitment of study participants, and data collection and analysis. He also will support the other research activities, particularly dissemination of study findings.