247847 Planning for Alzheimer's disease in California: Development of the state plan

Monday, October 31, 2011: 9:06 AM

Liz Schwarte, MPH , Samuels & Associates, Oakland, CA
Jackie Wynne McGrath , Former State Public Policy Director, Alzheimer's Association California Council, Sacramento, CA
Debra Cherry, PhD , Alzheimer's Association, California Southland, Los Angeles, CA
Sarah Samuels, DrPH , Samuels & Associates, Oakland, CA
The California Alzheimer's State Plan Taskforce will release the California State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease in March 2011, setting a 10 year public policy roadmap for a public health approach to Alzheimer's disease, integrated system of care and comprehensive caregiver supports for California's diverse populations. What steps did the Alzheimer's Association and its partners take to lay the groundwork for developing the plan? A strategic, three-year process engaged a broad range of leaders and stakeholders, passed legislation mandating the plan, formed an innovative public-private partnership to support development of the plan, obtained input from hard to reach populations and families, conducted a web-based survey statewide and telephone interviews with national financing experts, built coalitions, and developed a media advocacy plan. This session will present a model for developing a State Alzheimer's Disease Plan drawing on California's successes and challenges developing its plan. The session will include a discussion how the Task Force addressed funding strategies in a budget deficit environment.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe practical strategies for building support for developing a state Alzheimer’s disease plan 2. Discuss mechanisms for funding a state plan 3. Identify key partners that need to be involved in the planning for the future needs of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers

Keywords: Aging, Caregivers

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Alzheimer's Disease/Caregiving advisor to the foundation that co-funded the development of the State Alzheimer's Disease Plan. I worked closely with the Alzheimer's Association California Council to strategize the development of the plan.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.