Alzheimer University held in Washington DC

04 April 2017 - Representatives from 11 countries attended a special ADI Alzheimer University programme on the theme of advocacy and public policy in Washington DC in March, held alongside the record attendance of the Alzheimer Association Advocacy Forum.

The Alzheimer University included representatives from Alzheimer associations in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Ireland, Mexico, Morocco, Spain and Russia, as well as representatives from Bolivia, who attended the training as part of the ADI Membership Development programme.

The programme was held over three days from 28-30 March, and contained important workshops led by ADI and sponsors on the ‘policy planning cycle’, building effective relationships with government officials, the use of data and how the work of ADI and national associations are connected.

Marc Wortmann, executive director, and ADI policy advisors Mike Splaine and Kate Gordon, hosted the training in partnership with the Alzheimer association that included a visit to the head office of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), where a discussion on national and regional collaboration was led by Dr Devora Kestel, PAHO Unit Chief for Mental Heath and Substance Use and her colleagues. The training was concluded with a presentation of a draft strategy by all participants, to aid effective advocacy in their own countries.

The aim of the Alzheimer University is to give participants the tools to identify their association's aims, raise awareness and funds, effectively govern their association and influence public policy. Since 1998, over 40 Alzheimer Universities have been held with participants from around the world.

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