Strategic planning can help health departments work toward collective population health goals and set measurable goals to help track progress Resources are available to help identify priorities and conduct needs assessments that specifically address the unique challenges of dementia. 

Healthy People 2030

Healthy People 2030 — with its 62 topic areas and 355 objectives — is the framework that sets the nation’s health prevention and promotion goals for the next decade. The Healthy People 2030 (HP2030) federal initiative encourages communities to "build a healthier future for all” by measuring progress toward optimal health, longevity and quality of life across all stages of life. 

Primed for implementation: HBI Road Map

Action W-6 — Educate health care professionals about the importance of treating co-morbidities, addressing injury risks, and attending to behavioral health needs among people at all stages of dementia.

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HP2030 focuses public health attention on cognitive impairment through the Dementias topic area. The 2030 framework includes three objectives designed to increase diagnosis and diagnosis disclosure of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, reduce preventable hospitalizations among people living with severe cognitive impairment, and — newly added to the 2030 framework — increase talks between health care providers and people experiencing subjective cognitive decline (SCD).

As a blueprint for the public health community, HP2030 serves as a guiding set of measurable objectives that can inform budgetary and programmatic decisions throughout public health agencies. Alzheimer’s disease was first included as a topic area in Healthy People 2020 and its continued inclusion in HP2030 underscores the growing recognition that Alzheimer’s, cognitive health and caregiving of Alzheimer's require a public health response.

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State-specific action you can take

Communities are taking public health action against Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Find out how the disease impacts your state and what you can do to make Alzheimer's the next public health success story.

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Needs assesment

Comprehensive needs assessments are at the core of a state’s ability to effectively develop, implement and maintain strategies that improve the health and well-being of people throughout the state. Public health agencies have expertise developing and conducting needs assessments and can use that expertise to ensure that cognitive health, cognitive impairment and caregiving are assessed. Public health agencies then can incorporate those findings into state public health improvement plans, state plans focused exclusively on Alzheimer’s and other dementias, or related health promotion and injury reduction plans.
To help states better understand the needs and assets of their populations, set priorities for future action, and better address cognitive impairment within their communities, the Alzheimer’s Association in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created the Needs Assessment Toolkit: Guidance and Resources for State Public Health Agencies on Comprehensive Needs Assessments Related to Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias.

Performance measures can help public health leaders identify priorities and work toward collective well-being. The Performance Measures Matrix for Alzheimer’s and Dementia is a collection of existing, current performance measures related to Alzheimer’s, dementia, risk reduction and detection. Measures outlined in the matrix align with actions in the Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map series and are presented in a sortable download to help public health organizations develop plans and measure progress. 

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CA City of San Francisco Utilizing recommendations of the San Francisco city plan, Strategy for Excellence in Dementia Care, to reduce hospital readmission rates among individuals with dementia.