At the Alzheimer's Association, diversity and inclusion are vital to our mission. The Association leads strategic initiatives to support diversity and a culture of inclusivity. These strategic initiatives also strengthen outreach to all populations, providing communities with resources and support to address the Alzheimer’s crisis. By partnering with organizations locally and nationally to advance diversity and inclusion, the Association can broaden its reach in all communities.
Meet our national partners:
African Methodist Episcopal Church
The Association and the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) are working together on a nationwide effort to better reach African Americans and provide the community with important information regarding Alzheimer's detection, diagnosis, care, treatment, research and advocacy.
Studies indicate that, while Whites make up the majority of the more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer's disease, African Americans are about twice as likely as older Whites to have Alzheimer's or other dementias. Recognizing this increased risk, the Association and AME are aiming to engage the church's massive network of 2.5 million members. AME is one of the largest Methodist denominations in the world and has persistently advocated for the civil and human rights of African Americans through social improvement, religious autonomy and political engagement since its founding in 1816.
The Alzheimer's Association and AME partnership will focus on:
- Increasing concern and awareness of Alzheimer's within AME's community.
- Providing care and support programming and volunteer engagement and training to AME members.
- Expanding research and scientific support opportunities for AME's leadership and congregants.
- Taking advocacy actions on state and federal issues that affect AME members.
- Encouraging participation in community engagement efforts through Walk to End Alzheimer's and The Longest Day.
Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated
Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated, is a professional organization for registered nurses and nursing students, with more than 8000 members representing many cultures and diverse ethnic backgrounds.
The organization is an internationally recognized leader in developing healthy communities through advocacy, collaboration, education, leadership, research, and service.
Chi Eta Phi is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to promote brain health in the African American community and maximize support for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease through awareness and education.
The partnership will focus on:
- Training a core group of volunteers to conduct outreach and deliver programs at Chi Eta Phi chapters.
- Partnering on community engagement through outreach.
- Engaging Chi Eta Phi volunteers in a campaign to bring diverse communities to research trials.
- Providing opportunities for collaborative community engagement between the Association and Chi Eta Phi volunteers.
- Introducing Chi Eta Phi volunteers to signature events such as Walk to End Alzheimer’s and The Longest Day.
Mexican Consulate and Ventanilla de Salud
The Association is excited about our collaboration with the Mexican Consulate and their Ventanilla de Salud (VDS) program. We have created tools that highlight the Mexican Consulate and the VDS program's trusted and vital role in Hispanic/Latino communities. In addition, these tools will help Alzheimer’s Association chapters in their efforts to reach out to engage the Mexican Consulate and the VDS program.
This valuable relationship will help increase the Association's outreach and engagement of Hispanic/Latino communities across the country.
The Ventanilla de Salud (VDS) program is implemented through 50 Mexican consulates in the US and local health organizations. VDS provides reliable information on health topics, counseling and referrals to health services available and accessible in local communities.
The vision of VDS is to improve the physical and mental health of Mexicans living in the United States by:
- Increasing access to primary and preventive health services.
- Increasing health insurance coverage.
- Increasing the supply and quality of culturally sensitive services.
- Reducing the use of emergency services.
- Building and strengthening the local VDS community network as a reliable and sustainable health information program.
National Hispanic Council on Aging
The Association and the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) are engaged in a national partnership to better reach and engage the Latino community with important information relating to Alzheimer's detection, diagnosis, care, treatment, research and advocacy. Together, we are deep in the planning stages for a successful nationwide collaboration which will be communicated once we are ready to launch our activities.
The Association and NHCOA have collaborated to created tools for Promotores (Community Health Workers) engagement. In the Hispanic/Latino community, promotores are recognized as trusted laypeople who provide health education and outreach services to the community. The Association, together with NHCOA, encourages Alzheimer’s Association chapters to recruit promotores as volunteers who play a valuable role in extending the reach of the Association in Hispanic/Latino communities.
National Hispanic Medical Association
Established in 1994 in Washington, D.C., the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) is a nonprofit association representing the interests of 50,000 licensed Hispanic physicians in the United States.
The vision of the organization is to be the national leader to improve the health of Hispanic populations. The mission of the organization is to empower Hispanic physicians to lead efforts to improve the health of Hispanic and other underserved populations in collaboration with Hispanic state medical societies, residents, medical students, and other public- and private-sector partners.
The goal of the Alzheimer’s Association and NHMA partnership is to promote brain health and maximize support for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease through awareness and education. To achieve this goal, the partnership will focus on:
- Increasing concern and awareness of Alzheimer’s and other dementia.
- Providing Care & Support virtual programming and webinars, volunteer engagement, training and support services.
- Increasing community engagement in Alzheimer’s and dementia research.
Some of the key activities include delivering educational programs to the NHMA network (in English and Spanish), engaging the network in the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® (AAIC®) and the Latinos & Alzheimer’s Symposium, and equipping the network with resource materials like information about our 24/7 Helpline for information and referrals as well as TrialMatch® and CARE, the Alzheimer’s and dementia registry for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders
SAGE is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults. SAGE has 26 locations in 19 states and Washington, D.C., as well as a national presence regarding LGBT advocacy, support services, materials and training that the entire Association will benefit from. Many of our Alzheimer’s Association chapters have a local relationship with SAGE, and we're excited to take this to the next level.
SAGE and the Alzheimer's Association are committed to a strategic and multipronged partnership approach that will evolve as we identify needs, learn best practices and explore additional opportunities to engage the LGBT community in the full mission of the Alzheimer's Association.
The current key initiatives of this collaboration include:
- Connecting chapters and affiliates for grassroots collaboration.
- Co-development of an internal issues brief.
- Identifying and pursuing new resources.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund
The Alzheimer’s Association and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) are collaborating to engage students, faculty and university leaders from TMCF’s 47 member schools in the fight against Alzheimer’s and all other dementia. Nearly 300,000 students attend TMCF member schools, including some of the country’s best known Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Colleges (PBIs).
The collaboration is aimed at developing Alzheimer’s advocates and champions in the Black/African American community — a community disproportionately affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementia. Older Black Americans are twice as likely as older White Americans to develop Alzheimer’s disease, and they tend to be diagnosed at later stages of the disease, when they’ve experienced more cognitive impairment.
The TMCF collaboration will include four primary components, including:
- A paid internship program for students.
- Stewardship for scientific researchers at TMCF member schools.
- Engagement opportunities for TMCF students and faculty in Alzheimer’s Association education programs and community events.
- Summit program with TMCF leaders and faculty to discuss health disparities and other relevant Alzheimer’s and dementia-related issues adversely affecting Black/African American communities.
Tzu Chi USA
The Alzheimer’s Association and the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, also known as Tzu Chi USA, have partnered together to increase awareness and education in Chinese-speaking communities. Tzu Chi volunteers will help bridge cultural and linguistic barriers to facilitate the delivery of Association information and resources to these communities.
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are the fastest growing minority population group in the U.S., and its older adult population is expected to increase 145% between 2010 and 2030. With older age being the largest risk factor for Alzheimer’s and other dementias, AAPI older adults are facing a public health crisis.
The Alzheimer’s Association and Tzu Chi USA partnership will focus on five key areas, including:
- Increasing concern and awareness of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
- Providing care and support programming to individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s.
- Expanding research and scientific opportunities by inviting Tzu Chi members to attend the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference.
- Participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, The Longest Day and other community-based events.
- Engaging Tzu Chi volunteer in the delivery of programs and activities.