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Public Health Road Map Released

On July 15, 2013, at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC), the Alzheimer's Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released The Healthy Brain Initiative: The Public Health Road Map for State and National Partnerships, 2013-2018.

This document focuses on the role that state and local public health agencies and partners can play in promoting cognitive functioning, addressing cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease, and helping meet the needs of caregivers. Specific action items are included in four areas, aligned with the Essential Services of Public Health:

Are you interested in implementing a Road Map Action Item?

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Check back for additional materials, updates on ways to implement the Road Map, and reports on what others are doing to put the Road Map into practice.

Take the First Step

If you are an official with a state or local public health agency, you can take one quick and easy step right now to implement a Road Map Action Item. Post links on your website to local, state and national dementia resources. Here are some suggestions:

Public Health Road Map

Watch Road Map Video Tutorial

Watch Panel Discussion on Release of Road Map:

  • Dr. Robert Blendon, Harvard School of Public Health; Dr. Lynda Anderson, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Healthy Aging Program

  • Robert Egge, Alzheimer's Association; David Hoffman, New York State Office of Health Insurance Programs

  • Sharon Moffatt, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials; Dr. Marilyn Albert, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Question & Answer Session

  • Question & Answer Session

2007 Road Map

The first National Public Health Road Map to Maintaining Cognitive Health was released by the Alzheimer’s Association and the CDC in 2007. It was the first-ever framework for viewing cognitive health and Alzheimer’s disease as a public health issue

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