Alzheimer’s Disease Public Policy Overview Certificate

National, state/regional and local governments are paying more attention to the problem of Alzheimer's disease and related dementia, frequently designating staff to facilitate dementia planning processes or implement programs. Forty-nine states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico have dementia plans and 7 states are updating plans that are 5 years old. Chile just became the 30th nation with a national plan; the World Health Organization (WHO) has just established a target of all nations having a plan or substantial Alzheimer's disease policy or program within a broader national policy frame such as a non-communicable disease plan in the next 5 years. This certificate offers age care professionals training in Alzheimer's disease/dementia issues, information about effective policy approaches, and resources to mobilize activities that make sense for governments at different levels.

Learning Outcomes

When you complete this course, you'll receive 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU). This is a non-credit course. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis; no letter grades are awarded.

This certificate is offered in conjunction with the Gerontology Institute, McCormack Graduate School of Policy & Global Studies.

Schedule & Fees

Summer 2018 - Online*
June 5 - June 26
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00p
Class #: 1724
Fee: $250

* Web Conferencing included: This course uses Web conferencing (a live discussion) through tools such as Adobe Connect or Blackboard Collaborate. For more information about this, email Your course will meet:

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Kate Gordon is a skilled health policy analyst and grassroots advocacy strategist with more than 15 years of experience working in the fields of health and long term care. She has expertise in a diverse range of health and long term care issues topics, including federal and state policies affecting persons with dementia, caregiver interventions, and direct care worker training. Her previous work includes assisting in the development of the first US National Alzheimer's Plan, 18 state government Alzheimer's disease plans, the PAHO regional plan and several national plans in the Americas.

Kate was awarded the 2013 HHS Innovates People's Choice and Secretary's Choice award winner for "Connecting to Combat Alzheimer's".

Michael Splaine is the owner and principal of Splaine Consulting. He has been working in the field of health and long term care since 1988. Mike has a proven track record of helping organizations achieve success in advocacy for health and long-term care issues. He helps lead clients to successful policy change by combining his deep knowledge of policy and program development and management with his skills in public speaking, community organizing, adult education, media strategy, and public health communications. Mike Splaine established Splaine Consulting after a more than 20-year career on the public policy and advocacy staff of the Alzheimer's Association.

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