As baby boomers age, more people are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and Medicare and Medicaid expenditures are rising quickly. A strategic public health response is needed to mitigate this impact on all communities.

The Alzheimer’s disease continuum spans decades, providing many opportunities for public health to change outcomes across communities. Just as with other chronic and degenerative conditions, public health can reduce risk, expand early detection and diagnosis, improve safety and quality of care for people living with cognitive impairment, and attend to caregivers’ health and well-being.
 

Register now: New Road Map webinars October 18

What once was just a medical and aging issue is now also a rising public health concern. Each year, Alzheimer’s and other dementias increasingly impact older Americans, their families, and communities and escalate government expenditures. More than ever, public health has a critical role to play in changing the course of dementia.
 
Register below for an upcoming webinar with real-world examples of public health approaches to Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Two opportunities are offered on October 18, with each tailored for a specific audience. Local public health strategies will be featured in the first webinar, and the second webinar will provide examples from state public health departments.
 
Local Public Health Leaders and County Elected Officials
Changing the course of dementia, a growing public health crisis webinar
Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m. (EDT)
Register in advance >
 

Hosted by: Alzheimer's Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Association of Counties, and National Association of County and City Health Officials

State Public Health Leaders
Changing the course of dementia, a growing public health crisis webinar 
Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time: 3-4 p.m. (EDT)
Register in advance >  

Hosted by: Alzheimer's Association, CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
Both webinars will discuss how advances in scientific understanding now support a life-course approach to Alzheimer’s. Participants will learn about the Healthy Brain Initiative’s (HBI) new State and Local Public Health Partnerships to Address Dementia, The 2018-2023 Road Map, a quick-start guide for public health leaders on changing the course of dementia. The webinars will also provide:
 
  • The case for public health action.
  • Ripe-for-action Road Map strategies.
  • Ready-to-use resources to promote brain health, expand early detection and diagnosis, improve safety and quality of care for people living with dementia, and attend to caregivers’ health and well-being.

Be sure to register above and share with interested colleagues.
 

New Road Map Executive Summary

Preview of New Road Map 2018-2023

Learn how the forthcoming Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map will help make Alzheimer's the next public health success story.

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The Healthy Brain Initiative’s (HBI) State and Local Public Health Partnerships to Address Dementia, The 2018-2023 Road Map charts a course for state and local public health agencies and their partners to act quickly and strategically to prepare all communities by stimulating changes in policies, systems and environments. To focus the public health response, experts developed 25 actions for public health leaders. Alignment of HBI Road Map actions with Essential Services of Public Health ensures that initiatives to address Alzheimer’s can be easily and efficiently incorporated into existing public health initiatives.

Sneak a peek with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Alzheimer’s Association executive summary of the new HBI Road Map; the complete Road Map will be released in October 2018. The 2013-2018 HBI Road Map is also available.

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About Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map series 

The Alzheimer’s Association and CDC have developed a series of Healthy Brain Initiative guidebooks to advance cognitive health as an integral component of public health. The forthcoming HBI Road Map for 2018-2023 is the third in this series, set for release in October 2018.



The current, second HBI Road Map is The Healthy Brain Initiative: The Public Health Road Map for State and National Partnerships, 2013-2018. This guidebook 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. Its 35 actions are organized into four of the Essential Services of Public Health:

  • Assure a competent workforce.
  • Educate and empower the nation.
  • Monitor and evaluate.
  • Develop policy and mobilize partnerships.

The HBI Road Map Resource Guide provides examples of how state and local public health officials are implementing the second HBI Road Map. The guide suggests free resources that support implementation.

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

 

Progress reports on Road Map implementation

CDC has issued progress reports on the first and second road maps: 

Contact us

For more information on Alzheimer's disease and public health, contact Molly French.