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Hopkins’ Economics of Alzheimer’s Disease & Services Center

About Us

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The Hopkins’ Economics of Alzheimer’s Disease and Services (HEADS) Center is a new research center that seeks to improve the care and lives of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Center co-directors Jennifer Wolff, PhD, Eugene and Mildred Lipitz Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Healthcare and Daniel Polsky, PhD, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Health Economics and Director of the Hopkins Business of Health Initiative received a $4.5 million dollar grant from the National Institute on Aging over a five-year period to establish the center. This cross-school initiative is housed in the Department of Health Policy and Management and will work with faculty from the Carey Business School, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and Arts & Sciences. 

Themes

  • Identifying and quantifying the range of Alzheimer's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease Related Dementia care needs and related economic consequences.
  • Examining how the organization and financing of services affects accessibility, affordability, quality, and equity of Alzheimer's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease Related Dementia care.

Cross-Cutting: Family and unpaid caregiving, Alzheimer's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease Related Dementia related disparities

Aims

  • To generate new knowledge concerning Alzheimer's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease Related Dementia care in the areas of the HEADS Center's thematic focus (see above).

  • To advance the field of Alzheimer's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease Related Dementia economics and health services research and its impact by nurturing emerging and established investigators, developing a cutting-edge research infrastructure, disseminating new knowledge, and forging linkages with policy and practice communities.