We are thrilled to announce our September Webinar, our main World Alzheimers Month 2016 #WAM2016 activity apart from here, and what individual members are doing in their own regions, which although we have been late getting the notice out, we hope you will join us for. Matthew Baumgart is the Senior Director of Public Policy at the U.S. Alzheimer’s Association, who is very accomplished in his work, and a very interesting and entertaining speaker.

DAI’s A Meeting of The Minds with Matthew Baumgart



September 28, 2016 – 5.00 PM (EST – New York) USA / September 29, 2016 – 7.00 AM Sydney (EST)  Australia

Please note: This event is set in a number of time zones, and has been set up using New York City US – but it is one event for everyone, Wednesday, September 28 in the USA/UK/EU and Thursday, September 29 in AU/NZ.

About Matthew’s session: In 2011, the U.S. federal government provided $448 million for Alzheimer’s research. By 2016, that amount had more than doubled to $991, and the U.S. Congress is considering up to another $400 million increase for 2017. How did it happen? What factors changed the trajectory of Alzheimer’s research funding? What role did advocates play?

Matthew Baumgart, Senior Director of Public Policy at the U.S. Alzheimer’s Association, will answer those questions and more. In the United States, the Alzheimer’s Association – and its more than 600,000 advocates across the country – led the effort to boost research funding. Baumgart will share the keys to success and how grassroots advocacy can succeed in changing government policy – in both research and care.

About Matthew: Matthew Baumgart is the Senior Director of Public Policy for the Alzheimer’s Association. The work under his purview includes state government affairs, policy development, global policy efforts, and public health, including the Healthy Brain Initiative project with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Prior to joining the Association, Baumgart worked for nearly 18 years in the United States Senate. Most recently, he was Legislative Director for Senator Barbara Boxer of California, where he supervised the legislative staff, managed all of the Senator’s legislative activities, and was her chief legislative strategist. Prior to working for Senator Boxer, Baumgart worked for over 10 years for then-Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. of Delaware, primarily as Legislative Assistant for social policy issues, including health care.

Between his tenure in the Senate and his joining the Alzheimer’s Association in September 2009, Baumgart was the Associate Director of the Initiative on Financial Security at the Aspen Institute in New York City. He is a native of Seattle, and has a degree in Communications, with a second major in Political Science, from Washington State University in Pullman, WA.

You can register here…