The Alzheimer’s Association Mississippi Chapter and the Mississippi State Department of Health are collaborating on a professional conference that will focus on managing care for those living with Alzheimer’s, diabetes and hypertension.
Registration is open for medical doctors, physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners to attend the May 19 conference in Jackson. The event — Alzheimer’s, Diabetes and Hypertension: An Evidence-based Approach to Chronic Disease Management — is a first-time, conference collaboration between the association and the Health Department. It will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marriott in downtown Jackson.
Last month, Mississippi’s Health Department was among seven in the nation to receive a grant from the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors to increase the capacity of the public health workforce through partnerships. Beginning in June, the Alzheimer’s Association will train Health Department staff in the program Know the Ten Signs of Alzheimer’s.
Health Department staff, in turn, will train other community partners and clinical providers.
Mississippi Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2012 data shows 11.8 percent of individuals age 45 and over reported experiencing increased confusion or memory loss and 87 percent of those individuals had at least one other chronic condition such as arthritis, asthma, COPD, cancer, cardiovascular disease or diabetes.
The conference fee is $125. Register online here or call (601) 987-0020.