Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Alzheimer’s Association Announce New Partnership to Increase Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness
The Alzheimer’s Association and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. are proud to announce a new partnership aimed at providing Alzheimer’s disease information and resources to African American communities. Working with over 750 Omega Psi Phi Fraternity undergraduate and graduate chapters across the country, the partnership will seek to maximize support for individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementia.
“The Alzheimer’s Association leads strategic initiatives to support diversity, equity and a culture of inclusivity. These strategic initiatives also strengthen outreach to all populations, providing communities with resources and support to address the Alzheimer’s crisis,” said Dr. Carl V. Hill, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Alzheimer’s Association. “By partnering with organizations like Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. locally and nationally to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, the Association can broaden its reach to pursue equity in all communities.”
Currently, there are more than 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease. Black Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s and other dementias as older whites. In addition, they are more likely to have missed diagnoses of Alzheimer’s and other dementia than older whites.
The 2021 Alzheimer’s Association Facts and Figures report found Black Americans are less concerned about developing Alzheimer’s (35%) when compared to White Americans and Black Americans are twice as likely as Whites to say they would not see a doctor if experiencing thinking or memory problems.