UsAgainstAlzheimer’s launches Brain Health Equity Nurse Fellowship
UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Center for Brain Health Equity has announced the first-of-its-kind Brain Health Equity Nurse Fellowship, with initial awards to 12 African American and Latino nurses from across the country as fellows. With African American and Latino people disproportionately affected by Alzheimer’s, the fellowship program is designed to improve brain health and Alzheimer’s disease knowledge, cultivate leadership, and promote conversations across a national network of nurses and experts working at the intersections of brain health, public health and health equity. “The numbers are staggering,” said George Vradenburg, chair and co-founder of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, a nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 2010. “Black Americans are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s than white people. Latino people are 1.5 times more likely. This should be unacceptable to every American. This fellowship is so important because it helps cultivate these nurses to become champions of brain health in their communities.” The fellowship will run June to December, and fellows will receive a stipend while learning how to become brain health ambassadors. The Nurse Fellowship is led by the Center in collaboration with the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, the National Black Nurses Association, and an interdisciplinary network of subject matter experts. The fellowship is fully supported by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Brain Initiative.