National Alzheimer's Advisory Council Hears The Voice of the States

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NY State Health Department's David Hoffman addresses the members of the National Alzheimer's Advisory Council.

David P. Hoffman M.Ed. C.C.E.

The plan is a national plan and not a federal plan.

New York State Health Department's David Hoffman spoke to the President's National Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Disease Tuesday, as the sole voice for state chronic disease efforts.

As part of the Advisory Council and Chairman of the Committee on Long Term Services, Hoffman applauded the work of the National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA) that President Obama signed into law in January of last year.

In February of this year, the President announced a historic investment of $156 million that included $50 million from the National Institutes of Health along with a budget line of $80 million in new Alzheimer's Disease funding and nearly $30 million for family support and public education.

"The plan is a national plan and not a federal plan," reiterated Hoffman, stating that it will require public-private partnerships to achieve the stated goals.

While research has progressed steadily, there remain many challenges to conquer Alzheimer's Disease. Currently there is not a pharmacological intervention to prevent, treat or cure AD yet the Council has been tasked to find a cure by 2025.

Speaking at the Health and Human Services' Humphrey building in Washington, D.C., Hoffman represented both his office as the current Director of the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control for the State of New York and a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors.

"The beauty of the National Alzheimer's Council, is that it also aims to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities," said John Robitscher, CEO of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors which includes a heath disparities emphasis in all of its initiatives.

For more information on NACDD or the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services, please visit http://www.chronicdisease.org

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