The Merck Foundation in Kenilworth, New Jersey, has announced two grants totaling $3 million in support of efforts to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable individuals living with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers.
The Alzheimer's Association: Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter will receive $1.5 million over four years to expand its Dementia Care Coordination program in Massachusetts and establish programs in Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. The Dementia Care Coordination program is designed to increase access to care and supports for people who are living with Alzheimer's disease in underserved urban and rural areas. In addition, HealthPartners Center for Memory and Aging in Bloomington, Minnesota, in partnership with the University of California, San Francisco, received $1.5 million over four years to implement UCSF's Care Ecosystem program in Minnesota, where it will coordinate care for people with dementia and their caregivers living in rural areas with limited access to specialty care.
Part of the foundation's $5 million commitment to support programs that strengthen care coordination and navigation, the latest grants are in addition to earlier support for the North Carolina A&T State University Center for Outreach in Alzheimer's, Aging and Community Health, which is working to educate and raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease among vulnerable populations in rural North Carolina communities.
"Alzheimer's disease is affecting a growing number of patients and their families as our population ages," said Julie L. Gerberding, chief patient officer of Merck and vice chair of the Merck Foundation board of trustees. "We are optimistic these programs will help improve access to care and address disparities."