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Alzheimer's Disease & Related Dementias

About Us

The Oklahoma Healthy Brain Program follows the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Healthy Brain Initiative (HBI) Road Map Series, which sets actionable steps to promote brain health, address cognitive impairment, and address the needs of caregivers. We are focused on the improvement of early detection and diagnosis, increase awareness and education, risk reduction and prevention of comorbidities, and to prevent hospitalizations.

In December 2018 the Building our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act was passed into law. This act helps to fund three Alzheimer’s Centers of Excellence, provides 23 grants to state, local, and tribal public health departments to implement interventions such as the CDC’s Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map Series, and increase analysis and timely reporting of data on cognitive decline and caregiving. Currently, the CDC funds 23 state public health programs with the BOLD grant; 5 Enhanced Capacity recipients and 18 Core Capacity recipients. The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Center for Chronic Disease and Health Promotion provides this program through a grant (DP20-2004) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We have created the Oklahoma Healthy Brain Initiative (OHBI) Coalition and it’s first task is the revision and update of the 2018-2022 Oklahoma State Plan to address Alzheimer’s Disease.

The Oklahoma Healthy Brain Initiative (OHBI) Coalition’s Vision is “to enhance brain health in Oklahoma” and our Mission is “to promote a system of collaboration among Oklahoma Healthy Brain Initiative stakeholders.” We strive to bring collaboration of organizations and individuals around the state to provide resources, research, awareness, education and access to dementia care for those living with the disease and their caregivers.

  • Core Values:
    • Increase public awareness of Alzheimer’s and dementia
    • Provide an accessible location for resources regarding Alzheimer’s and dementia
    • Identify opportunities for provider collaboration
    • Inform providers about proper, early and accurate diagnosis
    • Address need for education among policymakers

What is the Healthy Brain Initiative (HBI) Road Map Series?

The Road Map Series sets the course for local and state public health agencies and their partners. The 25 HBI Road Map Series actions fall into the four essential services of Public Health to make sure the integration of initiatives addressing Alzheimer’s disease can be done easily and effectively. The four essential service domains of Public Health are:

  • Develop Policies and Mobilize Partnerships (P)
  • Monitor and Evaluate (M)
  • Educate and Empower (E)
  • Assure a Competent Workforce (W)

The actions among these four domains are guided by three core principles:

  • Eliminate Health Disparities
  • Collaborate Across Multiple Sectors
  • Leverage Resources for Sustained Impact

The Oklahoma Healthy Brain Initiative Coalition is focusing on four of the action items for the new state plan. These Road Map Series actions are:

  • P-1: Promote the use of effective interventions and best practices to protect brain health, address cognitive impairment, and help meet the needs of caregivers for people with dementia.
  • M-3: Use data gleaned through available surveillance strategies and other sources to inform the public health program and policy response to cognitive health, impairment, and caregiving.
  • E-1: Educate the public about brain health and cognitive aging, changes that should be discussed with a health professional, and benefits of early detection and diagnosis.
  • W-5: Strengthen the competencies of professionals who deliver healthcare and other care services to people with dementia through interprofessional training and other strategies.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
The Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave., Suite 1702
Oklahoma City, OK  73102-6406

Physical Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK

Phone: (405) 426-8300
Fax: (405) 900-7610