CDC’s Healthy Brain Research Network
The Healthy Brain Research Network (HBRN), a Thematic Network of the Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Program Cdc-pdf[PDF-1M], was established to address two growing public health challenges: promoting cognitive health and addressing the needs of older Americans living with cognitive impairment and their caregivers. The network’s efforts are guided by the CDC’s Healthy Brain Initiative: The Public Health Road Map for State and National Partnerships, 2013–2018 Cdc-pdf[PDF 2.2M].
The HBRN consists of six academic institutions that are all CDC Prevention Research Centers:
- University of Washington Health Promotion Research CenterExternal (Coordinating Center)
- Oregon Health and Science University Center for Healthy CommunitiesExternal (Collaborating Center)
- University of Arizona Prevention Research CenterExternal (Collaborating Center)
- University of Illinois at ChicagoExternal (Collaborating Center)
- University of Pennsylvania Prevention Research CenterExternal (Collaborating Center)
- University of South Carolina Prevention Research CenterExternal (Collaborating Center)
The mission of the Healthy Brain Research Network:
- Establish and advance a public health research, translation, and dissemination agenda that promotes cognitive health and healthy aging, addresses cognitive impairment, and helps meet the needs of care partners.
- Build a strong evidence-base for policy, communication, and programmatic interventions.
- Collaborate with public health agencies and their partners to accelerate effective practices in states and communities.
- Build the capacity of public health professionals through training opportunities.
Activities include the following:
- Analyzing cognitive decline and caregiving data including the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BFRSS).
- Developing and testing culturally relevant messages about cognitive health.
- Training National HBRN scholars.
- Conducting systematic reviews of emerging cognitive aging research.
- Providing technical assistance to states developing and implementing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia action plans.