Sep 26, 2011

National Alzheimer’s Project Act, Watch or Listen to the First Advisory Council Meeting

You can watch or listen to the newly formed Advisory Council on Alzheimer's as they discuss the initial plan to carry out the National Alzheimer's Project Act.

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The first Advisory Council on Alzheimer's meeting is set for tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27, 2011.

The Advisory Council consists of at least 22 members and will meet quarterly to discuss the efficacy of government programs targeting the needs of individuals and caregivers coping Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia's (ADRD).

The Advisory Council will provide comments on the National Plan for ADRD that will be developed by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as they carry out the National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA).

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The committee meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. and its agenda includes time for public comments at the end of the day.

You can watch a Webcast here. The page describes what you need to do to get in. This is the password NAPA2011.

You can also listen in on your telephone. This is the number to call. 1-888-995-9570. Once connected enter this participant passcode 1781361.

You can e-mail your comments and suggestions to

Or you can write to:

Helen Lamont, Ph.D.
H.H.S. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Room 424E, Humphrey Building
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington DC 20201

The following people have been invited to serve as non-federal Advisory Council members:
Ronald Petersen, Ph.D., M.D. -- Chair (Biography)
Anita Albright, M.A. (Biography)
Laurel Coleman, M.D., FACP (Biography)
Eric Hall (Biography)
David Hoffman, M.Ed. (Biography)
Harry Johns (Biography)
Jennifer Manly (Biography)
Helen Matheny (Biography)
David Hyde Pierce (Biography)
Laura Trejo (Biography)
George Vradenburg (Biography)
Geraldine Woolfolk (Biography)

The following people will represent federal agencies:
Department of Health and Human Services
Lynda Anderson, Ph.D., Director, Healthy Aging Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Regina Benjamin, M.D., Surgeon General, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health

Bruce Finke, M.D., Elder Care Consultant, Indian Health Service

Victor Freeman, M.D., M.P.P., Senior Medical Advisor, Office of Health Information, Technology and Quality, Health Resources and Services Administration

Richard Hodes, M.D., Director, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health

Russell Katz, M.D., Director, Division of Neurology Products, Food and Drug Administration

Donald B. Moulds, Ph.D., Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

Cindy Padilla, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging, Administration on Aging

Anand Parekh, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Science and Medicine), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health

Kathryn Power, M.Ed., Director, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

William Shrank, M.D., M.S.H.S., Rapid-Cycle Evaluation Group Director, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

William Spector, Ph.D., Senior Social Scientist, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Department of Defense
Colonel Brian K. Unwin, MC, USA, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
National Science Foundation
Amber L. Story, Ph.D., Deputy Division Director, Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences
Veterans Administration
James F. Burris, M.D., Chief Consultant, Geriatrics and Extended Care

Go here for more information.

Go here for information on how to watch or call in and listen.

The National Alzheimer's Project Act - Establishes in the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) the Office of the National Alzheimer's Project to:
(1) accelerate the development of treatments that would prevent, halt, or reverse the course of Alzheimer's;
(2) create and maintain an integrated national plan to overcome Alzheimer's;
(3) help to coordinate the health care and treatment of citizens with Alzheimer's;
(4) ensure the inclusion of ethnic and racial populations that are at higher risk for Alzheimer's or that are least likely to receive care in clinical, research, and service efforts with the purpose of decreasing health disparities; (5) coordinate with international bodies to integrate and inform the fight against Alzheimer's globally;
and (6) provide information and coordination of Alzheimer's research and services across all federal agencies. Sets forth the duties of the Director of the Office, including to use discretionary authority to evaluate all federal programs concerning Alzheimer's. Establishes in the Office an Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research and Treatment.

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