Virginia Memory Project on the Brink of Legalization: Prioritizing Brain Health and Equitable Resource Allocation

Establishing a dementia registry could improve allocation of brain health resources in Virginia

A dementia registry project in Virginia is on the verge of being codified into state law, with the aim of prioritizing brain health and ensuring equitable allocation of resources. HB 1455 is currently awaiting the signature of Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) to officially establish the Virginia Memory Project in state law. This project, a collaboration between Virginia Commonwealth University and the Virginia Department of Health, is focused on cataloging dementia cases and other neurodegenerative diseases in the state to inform the development of public policy.

The Virginia Memory Project is one of four statewide dementia registries in the country supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the CDC’s Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act. Recent bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to reauthorize the original 2018 act. The registry collects data on disease cases and caregivers in the state, with the goal of providing policymakers and public health leaders with information about

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