The Alzheimer's Association's PHCOE is the first of its kind.The Alzheimer's Association Public Health Center of Excellence (PHCOE) on Dementia Risk Reduction coordinates risk reduction efforts and helps public health agencies share best practices. Headed by the Alzheimer’s Association, the Center launched in 2020 with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This first-of-its-kind center focuses on deterring Alzheimer’s and all other dementia.

Researchers are zeroing in on ways to fight dementia. The need for effective risk reduction strategies that help all communities grows larger by the day: Two-thirds of Americans have at least one major potential risk factor for dementia. Without any change, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s could more than double by mid-century.

While Alzheimer's affects people of all races and ethnicities, Black Americans are almost twice as likely as White Americans to develop Alzheimer's and Hispanics are approximately 1.5 times more likely. Asian Americans and Native Americans are also more likely to have Alzheimer's than White Americans. Please see Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures and the accompanying special report, Race, Ethnicity and Alzheimer’s in America, for more details on these findings. 

What the PHCOE on Dementia Risk Reduction Does

Alzheimer's and dementia prevention are vital to public health.The science on dementia risk reduction is quickly evolving, and major breakthroughs are within reach. For example, there is growing evidence that people who adopt healthy lifestyle habits — like regular exercise and blood pressure management — can lower their risk of dementia. 

The Center translates the latest science on dementia risk reduction into actionable tools, materials and messaging that public health agencies can use to reduce dementia risk for all people — including those in diverse, underserved and higher-risk communities.

The Alzheimer’s Association will work with public health agencies and the broader public health community to implement risk reduction best practices and proven strategies.

How the PHCOE on Dementia Risk Reduction Helps

Center staff are working with public health agencies to promote risk reduction strategies in communities across the country. The Center offers: 

  • One-on-one engagement with public health officials to encourage action in their communities.
  • Regional learning collaboratives to educate public health officials about dementia and build capacity for action.
  • Community convening meetings, bringing a variety of stakeholders together to drive community action.
  • Technical assistance that helps public health officials design, implement and evaluate risk reduction activities.
  • Webinars, publications and e-newsletters to spread the latest information on dementia risk reduction, effective interventions and best practices.

Get Started

Agencies or public health professionals who would like help implementing dementia risk reduction strategies in their communities can contact us at CenterOfExcellence@alz.org

If you are a caregiver or have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia, the Alzheimer's Association provides help and support, including a 24/7 helpline.