Kansas City community member stands in front of LatinosAgainstAlzheimer’s community alter at the Mattie Rhodes Center

When Disney’s Day the Dead themed movie “Coco” won two Oscars in 2018, national attention largely focused on the symbolism of its all-Latino voice cast. But another critical theme emerged that is just as meaningful: its artful portrayal of memory loss and caregiving in Latino households.

Coco’s narrative echoes the magical realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and brings to life vibrant and relatable characters spanning generations. At the center is Coco, the matriarch of the Rivera family whose deteriorating memory advances the plot in touching and unexpected ways. …

Jason Resendez, Executive Director, LatinosAgainstAlzheimer’s Coalition, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s

Despite the 40+ million caregivers in the US, candidates largely ignored key some issues for this voting block, including…

Paid Leave

Paid family leave is critical to the millions of people providing unpaid care for a loved one living with diseases like Alzheimer’s and so many other chronic conditions.

We know voters care about paid family leave yet the issue is continuously overlooked…

Paid leave and other caregiver supports are issues of growing importance to young people.

These folks are getting squeezed at a critical time in their lives.

This year’s Advancing the Science of Community Engaged Research conference explored how researchers and research institutions can better partner with communities to examine and address health inequities. Advocates, religious leaders, government executives, and research professionals gathered at the AAMC in Washington, DC for a mix of scientific discussion, community talk back, and knowledge sharing. I was grateful to be part of the dialogue made possible by Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University Medical Center; below are a few highlights from some of the attendees.

Anchoring research in communities is the only way to “unlock deeper truths in health”

Race and public health must be examined together

The Memory Strings Kansas City Alliance, supported by the Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation (GAP), is a first of its kind effort in the greater Kansas City community to address the growing impact of Alzheimer’s disease through research education and participation at the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center (KU ADC), one of the nation’s leading Alzheimer’s research centers funded by NIH.

It’s under this umbrella that LatinosAgainstAlzheimer’s has worked to build bridges between the Latino community and the KU ADC, a vital effort given growing impact of Alzheimer’s on Kansas City’s sizable Latino community. …

Thanks to an enlightening resource from Bloomberg Graphics on the #ACA marketplace, healthcare wonks and consumers alike can keep tabs on which insurers are exiting, sticking it out, or expanding Obamacare marketplace offerings in counties across the country.

Naturally, the first place I looked up was Jim Wells County — where I grew up and where most of my family still lives. Jim Wells is one of the least healthy places to live in Texas, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings. …

Jason Resendez

Brain health equity champion w/ @UsAgainstAlz @UsA2_Latinos ~ Personal opinions at @jason_r_DC

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