Training for Health Professionals
A Public Health Approach to Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias is an introductory curriculum that is intended to increase awareness of the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias as well as the role of public health. This curriculum addresses cognitive health, cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease and is intended for use by undergraduate faculty in schools and programs of public health and other related disciplines. This work supports The Healthy Brain Initiative: The Public Health Road Map for State and National Partnerships (Road Map) in its goal of developing a competent workforce. The curriculum is available free of charge and consists of four modules that are designed to be used individually or as a whole each with slides and a faculty guide.
Three tools of public health that may play a significant role in mitigating the Alzheimer’s disease epidemic are discussed: surveillance/monitoring, primary prevention, and early detection and diagnosis.
The public health response to the Alzheimer’s disease epidemic on a state and community level is addressed. The module describes the concept of a “dementia capable” system and explores how public health may support the development of such systems through public health research and translation, support services and programs, workforce training, and the creation of dementia-friendly communities.
Curricular materials developed on cognitive health, cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease for use by undergraduate faculty in schools and programs of public health.
ASTHO’s HBI Road Map Moduleexternal icon is designed to support public health agencies in identifying priorities and taking action towards improving dementia and caregiving as guided by the CDC’s Healthy Brain Initiative (HBI) Road Map Series (for State and Local Partners and for Indian Country). State public health agencies are well primed to integrate the 25 actions outlined within the Road Map for State and Local Partners. The required content in the module will provide learners with an overview of the HBI Road Map for State and Local partners and of an action planning template. Learners will be able to:
- Build familiarity with the HBI Road Map and the public health actions to address dementia and caregiving.
- Identify resources to support implementation of the HBI Road Map actions.
ACPM and CDC developed an online courseexternal icon for physicians and health care professionals titled “Brain Health—Benefits of Blood Pressure Management as a Potential Mechanism to Reduce the Risk of Cognitive Decline and Dementia.” The course is designed to provide an overview of important strategies physicians and health care professionals can use to promote brain health, such as blood pressure control as a possible way to reduce the risk of cognitive decline in later life. Learners can create a free login account and take the course at no cost. Physicians can obtain 1.0 CME/MOC for completing this course.