Healthy Brain Workgroup
The Healthy Brain Workgroup of the CDC Healthy Aging Research Network (CDC-HAN) comprises CDC-HAN researchers, collaborators, and partners with interests in examining issues related to cognition among older adults.
The mission of the CDC Healthy Aging Research Network (CDC-HAN) Healthy Brain Workgroup is to combine the efforts of CDC-HAN researchers, research collaborators, community partners, government entities (local, state, federal), and policy makers to better understand issues related to cognition among older adults, develop a research program, and identify strategies to promote cognitive health.
We will work toward this mission by partnering with stakeholders, and emphasizing strategies for identifying and disseminating science-based information that positively affects behavioral change and is culturally relevant for diverse audiences.
We strive to:
- Serve as a resource for locally and nationally representative information on attitudes about cognitive health and cognitive impairment among diverse groups
- Evaluate knowledge, perceptions, practices, and policy about cognitive health over time
- Evaluate the impact of cognitive impairment on health and well-being (including multiple chronic conditions)
- Advance research in cognitive health and cognitive impairment, e.g., using our findings to inform the content in state and national surveys
- Collaborate with key local, state, and national partners who have interests in cognition and aging, including healthcare providers and payers
- Work with partners to communicate community-relevant information about the state of brain health science
- Examine how cognitive health messaging fits within the context of health promotion messages for other chronic conditions
- Contribute toward reducing cognitive health disparities through culturally sensitive research, education, and practice.