BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act


“Alzheimer's is the most

under-recognized threat

to public health in the 21st century,”

-Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General and former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director


THANK CONGRESS


Working with bipartisan Congressional champions, the Alzheimer's Association through the Alzheimer's Impact Movement (AIM) was instrumental in the development, introduction and of the passage of the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act (P.L. 115-406). The bill will create an Alzheimer's public health infrastructure across the country to implement effective Alzheimer's interventions focused on public health issues such as increasing early detection and diagnosis, reducing risk and preventing avoidable hospitalizations. The BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act will accomplish this by establishing Alzheimer's and Related Dementias Public Health Centers of Excellence, providing funding to state, local and tribal public health departments, and increasing data analysis and timely reporting. Learn more about the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act below.

Specifically, the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act directs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to:

Establish Alzheimer's and Related Dementias Public Health Centers of Excellence:

  • The Centers will increase education of public health officials, health care professionals, and the public on Alzheimer's, brain health, and health disparities.
  • The Centers will also provide technical assistance to public health departments across the country in implementing effective Alzheimer's interventions.
  • These interventions will focus on priorities such as increasing early detection and diagnosis, reducing risk, preventing avoidable hospitalizations, reducing health disparities, supporting the needs of caregivers and supporting care planning for people living with the disease.
  • Finally, the Centers will expand innovative public private partnerships that focus on addressing cognitive impairment and health disparities.

Award funding to public health departments:

  • This funding will help state, local and tribal public health departments implement effective Alzheimer's interventions, including those identified by the Alzheimer's Centers of Excellence.
  • This funding will also help public health departments implement strategic actions like those identified in the Healthy Brain Initiative's Public Health Road Map.

Increase data analysis and timely reporting:

  • CDC will increase the analysis and timely public reporting of data on Alzheimer's, cognitive decline, caregiving, and health disparities.
  • This data will come from sources like the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).