In 2015, ASTHO launched an initiative to promote the health of older adults by collaborating across sectors. Since then, our healthy aging portfolio has expanded to support state and territorial public health agencies through capacity building and technical assistance opportunities, and equip them with evidence-based best practices. ASTHO also supports the promotion of healthy aging across the lifespan through policies and programs that address both the needs of each age group and whole community.

Public health departments can serve a key role in initiatives to improve the lives of the aging population and their caregivers and prevent or mitigate chronic conditions common to older populations such as dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

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Needs Assessment Toolkit: Dementia, Cognitive Health, and Caregiving

This toolkit guides multisystem teams from public health groups through the steps necessary to complete a comprehensive needs assessment of dementia, dementia caregiving, and cognitive health in their communities.

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Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map Module

This module is designed to support public health agencies in identifying priorities and taking action towards improving dementia and caregiving. Resources are divided into three stages: ready to learn, ready to plan, and ready to do.

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Integrating Healthy Aging into Public Health Module

This module aims to support public health agencies in building a foundation in healthy aging as a public health issue, the many roles of public health, and strategies for taking action towards healthy aging.

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Public Health Frameworks to Advance Healthy Aging

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Older Adults and Healthy Aging

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Integrating Healthy Aging into Public Health Module

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Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map Module

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Needs Assessment Toolkit: Dementia, Cognitive Health, and Caregiving

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Healthy Heart, Healthy Brain

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Community Health Workers: System Catalysts in Addressing Hypertension

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Health Equity Approaches to Preventing Heart Disease and Strokes

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Collaborations

ASTHO is part of a joint collaborative with BOLD Public Health Programs, BOLD Public Health Centers of Excellence, and National HBI to support a coordinated national effort to advance brain health.