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As the population of the U.S. ages and becomes more diverse, the burden of dementia may be falling disproportionately on elderly minorities, both in terms of prevalence and severity. The Alzheimer’s Association - Heart of America Chapter is accelerating our reach by sharing and developing resources and exchanging ideas within diverse communities in order to increase momentum of awareness about Alzheimer’s and the Alzheimer’s Association. By partnering with organizations locally and nationally to advance diversity and inclusion, we strengthen the message that the Alzheimer’s Association is here for all people.

Here are a few local organizations that are in an on-going partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association - Heart of America Chapter:

Kansas Tribal Summit
Latinos Connect

Heart to Heart International
Mexican Consulate
Telemundo KC Network
La Mega KC
Te Lo Cuento
LGBT Mid-America Chamber of Commerce
Hispanic KC Chamber of Commerce
Exceed Expectations
Keeler Women Caregiver Support G
Festejando en Familia

We are thankful for these partnerships and look forward to continued work with these organizations.

The following organizations have connected with the Alzheimer's Association - Heart of America Chapter and have someone on staff to be a liaison between their organization and the Alzheimer's Association:

Hallmark Cards
Kickapoo Senior Center
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
Chi Delta Zeta Fraternity
Fiesta Hispania
Elder Resource Fair
Palestine Church Grandparents Support Group
Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission

Community Support Groups: Community Corner and
Breakfast Club

These social engagement opportunities serve our African American communities. These virtual gatherings are opportunities for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease (whether individuals with Alzheimer’s or their care partners) to come together in a safe venue to share and learn.

Dementia-friendly Efforts

The Alzheimer’s Association – Heart of America Chapter is active in many efforts across our service area to bring dementia-friendly surroundings in our communities. This includes the new Kansas City International airport to include sensory and stimulation rooms for dementia-friendly travel.

Chambers of Commerce

The Alzheimer's Association - Heart of America Chapter works to develop safe, open, and inclusive environments for all to collaborate and co-exist. Part of this work includes working together as members of the following Chambers of Commerce:

  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City

  • The Black Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City

  • LGBT Mid-America Chamber of Commerce

For more information about any of the outreach efforts you see above, or if you have a suggestion for a local diverse partnership, contact Prisca Asaro at