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CDC’s Healthy Brain Research Network

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The Healthy Brain Research Network (HBRN), a Thematic Network of the Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Program [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 [PDF 2.2M].

The HBRN consists of six academic institutions that are all CDC Prevention Research Centers

Healthy Brain Research Network research centers map. The list of institutions directly follows this image

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.
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