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Community Outreach and Professional Education

Using our motto “meet the people where they are”, we foster partnerships to deliver culturally-appropriate education, training and outreach programs to providers, those living with dementia, and family caregivers. Annually the WAI Regional Milwaukee Office reaches over 30,000 individuals and households through our programs and activities. Our efforts focus on dementia-related early detection/risk reduction, treatment, psycho-social management, and caregiver interventions. Professional training offers state-of-the-art education around best practices to provide culturally-sensitive care to patients and effectively address community and family needs.

 

Mission

  • Increase public awareness and understanding of health disparities and dementia within communities of color and with those engaged in health care service delivery
  • Provide Alzheimer’s-related public health education on early detection and treatment, late-stage treatment and management issues, home safety, risk assessment, caregiver interventions, and multicultural outreach
  • Clarify misperceptions that may exist about Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias
  • Educate health care professionals on best practices to provide culturally-sensitive care to patients and effectively address community and family needs

Excerpt of Activities

  • Annual Breaking the Silence Breakfast Dialogue: Addressing Dementia in Communities of Color (Milwaukee and Racine)
  • Breaking the Silence “Block by Block” dementia-specific community workshops
  • Inclusion-training professional education workshops, and on campus lectures
  • Urban Church Wellness Initiative: Roadmaps to Health Faith-based Intervention
  • Taking off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Community Chapter creation
  • Dementia Lunch and Learn clergy partnership with the State Baptist Convention

2-Year Vision

Sustain, enhance and expand the WAI Regional Milwaukee Office’s outreach and professional education programs, and cultivate new community partnerships in Milwaukee County, Southeastern Wisconsin (Kenosha and Racine) and throughout Wisconsin in support of under-served populations. To begin, this will require the addition of an Outreach Program Specialist to manage and implement expanded program activities to provide key program support, and funding to conduct a broad-scale public awareness campaign.

 

Funding Needs

$200,000/year for 2 years


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