Alzheimer's Association Offers New Needs Assessment Toolkit
Monday, March 20, 2017
By 2050, the number of people living with Alzheimer's disease is expected to nearly triple (from 5.2 million to a projected 13.8 million). Although the disease affects persons of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, African-Americans are about two times more likely, and Latinos are about one and one-half times more likely than Caucasians to have Alzheimer's and other dementias and Hispanics are about one and one-half times more likely. Fortunately, there are multiple opportunities to protect the health and safety of people living with the disease and their caregivers.
Public health agencies, such as state health departments, understand the importance of addressing any new or emerging public health problem by starting with a needs assessment. Comprehensive needs assessments are at the core of a state’s ability to effectively use information to develop, implement and maintain state plans that are focused either exclusively on Alzheimer’s and other dementias, or more broadly on the integration of cognitive health goals into other state public health plans.
To help state public health agencies, the Alzheimer's Association has developed a needs assessment toolkit to help states leverage their expertise in conducting needs assessments to enhance their ability to gather and use information specifically related to Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The toolkit is framed around a series of six steps — Partner, Plan, Assess, Synthesize, Envision, and Communicate. The details provided within each step, along with the collection of tools and resources contained within the toolkit, have been specifically designed to help state health departments to identify and respond to the needs of those with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Among the many tools and resources included in the toolkit are links to data sources about the burden and needs associated with Alzheimer's and other dementias within their state, worksheets for stakeholder analyses and SMART goals and objectives, checklists, and templates to support communications.
Visit the Alzheimer's Association website to learn more, and for additional information or assistance using the toolkit, please contact Molly French.