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At the Alzheimer's Association, we believe that engaging diverse perspectives is critical to achieving health equity — meaning that all communities have a fair and just opportunity for early diagnosis and access to risk reduction and quality care. Underrepresented and underserved communities are disproportionately impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia, and yet are less likely to be diagnosed; less likely to be recruited to participate in research; and less likely to have access to care and support services. This is unacceptable and must change.

DEI-3-(1).jpegWe are investing our efforts in reducing health disparities through strategic partnerships with trusted national and local organizations to create a pathway to greater health equity, mission engagement and inclusion for everyone. We are building an organizational culture of understanding while pursuing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) through education and policies. 

DEI-2-(1).jpegIn order to achieve our DEI goals, the Alzheimer's Association Illinois Chapter will expand its mission activities to meet the demand for culturally competent programs, spaces, and information. We will continue to cultivate relationships within diverse communities, by sharing our time, talent, resources and exchanging ideas. The Illinois Chapter welcomes and is supportive of all persons regardless of age, race, gender identity, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, language, ability or religion.

Local Community Partners

Alpha Eta Chapter, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated (CEPS) Bright Star Church Chicago Center on Halsted
Chicago Association of Black Social Workers Chicago Urban League Chinese American Service League (CASL)
Chinese Mutual Aid Association Howard Brown Health Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Instituto Cervantes King Solomon Grand Lodge Masons Malcolm X College
Mexican Consulate and Ventanilla de Salud (VDS) Midwest Baptist District Association My Own Doctor
 National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (ΩΨΦ) Odell Dorothys Educational Scholarship Foundation
The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center Chicago Scottish Rite Prince Hall Masons Seasoned Adults Matter
SHARE Network Southland Ministerial Alliance Network Top Ladies of Distinction
Trinity United Church of Christ and Endeleo Institute Women’s Business Development Center Zakat Foundation of America

Community Events

➤ Inaugural Release the Silence African American Conference - Springfield | May 4, 2024

Join us for this free educational program! This conference is designed to educate our community, future caregivers, and the healthcare industry about Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The program is designed for those who are caregivers of a person with Alzheimer's, individuals who want to learn more about the disease as well as professionals wanting to understand the health disparities which affect individuals in the African American community.