Change starts on the community level. Person by person, we are making strides in expanding our reach to underrepresented individuals affected by Alzheimer's and all other dementia. Through these local partnerships, we have grown our reach to underserved populations in the past year, increasing our ability to seed, nurture and grow relationships with communities that are underserved yet disproportionately impacted.
AACI in Northern California
Based in California's Santa Clara County, AACI helps marginalized and vulnerable community members access a range of health and wellness services. For the past 17 years, AACI has worked with the Alzheimer's Association to educate the Asian American population in culturally and linguistically relevant ways.
So' Tsoh Foundation in Navajo Nation
The Association's New Mexico, Utah and Desert Southwest Chapters are working with the So' Tsoh Foundation on Navajo Nation to provide health fairs, offer translated education classes both virtually and in person, and host a dual language support group.
Coalition for Aging LGBT in Texas
The North Central Texas and Dallas & Northeast Chapters have a longstanding partnership with the Coalition for Aging LGBT. By supporting its Summit on LGBT Aging, and collaborating on Caring For Our Own, a joint annual event, the Association is able to increase reach to an underserved audience at greater risk for developing the disease.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity in Missouri
The Alzheimer's Association Greater Missouri Chapter and East St. Louis Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., collaborated for an Understanding Alzheimer's multigenerational educational workshop and a table at its health fair.
Telemundo in Minnesota
The Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter is working to raise concern and awareness in the Latino community by partnering with Telemundo, an American Spanish-language television network that creates local and national content. The partnership is focused on developing segments for the lifestyle show "Acceso Total" featuring Alzheimer's caregivers, a physician and volunteer community educators.
Cano Health in Florida
The Florida Chapters of the Alzheimer's Association partnered with Cano Health, a leading primary care provider for seniors, to deliver education and resources to underserved communities. In the past year, the Association's Brain Bus, a statewide mobile outreach unit staffed by a dementia specialist, made 40 stops at Cano Health locations throughout the state.
Purple Sunday in Ohio
The Alzheimer's Association Cleveland Area and Greater East Ohio Chapters are working to activate the community network through Purple Sunday, a faith-based initiative targeted at predominantly Black congregations. Purple Sunday events allow a comfortable platform to share the impact of Alzheimer's and other dementias, provide education on how to recognize the signs of the disease, and promote resources.