The Alzheimer’s Association, Rhode Island, as fiscal agent, recently hired Michael Splaine and Kate Gordon, of Gaithersburg, Maryland-based Splaine Consulting, a small advocacy and government affairs consulting firm. The company’s clients include the Alzheimer’s Association in their public health work with Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Alzheimer’s Disease International, the umbrella organization for over 90 national organizations devoted to persons with dementia, and over time Splaine and Gordon have worked with the national center on elder abuse, Consumer Voice, and even the Arthritis Foundation.
Immediately prior to starting Splaine Consulting eight years ago, he served as Director of State Government Affairs in the Public Policy Division of the Alzheimer’s Association for over 23 years, leading the advocacy group’s grassroots network to accomplish state policy priorities, including persuading states to develop comprehensive state Alzheimer Plans in 2007-2008.
His colleague, Kate Gordon, who has worked with Splaine for over 18 years, has a reputation for being a skilled health policy analyst and grassroots advocacy strategist. She is knowledgeable in a wide range of health and long term care issues, including federal and state policies affecting persons with dementia, caregiver interventions, and direct care worker training. Her previous work includes assisting in the development of the first United States National Alzheimer’s Plan and 18 state government Alzheimer’s disease plans.
Providing a Road Map to Combat Alzheimer’s Disease
The updated plan will provide state lawmakers and policy makers with a road map as to how to confront the anticipated Alzheimer’s epidemic. It will also take a look at the current impact of Alzheimer’s disease on a growing number of Rhode Islanders and most importantly, details the steps the state must take (legislatively and regulatory) to improve programs and services for people with Alzheimer’s and their family caregivers.
Once the updated report is completed and approved by the Rhode Island General Assembly, the state’s Long-Term Care Coordinating Council’s Executive Board will seek legislative and regulatory changes to carry out its recommendations to ensure that it is more than just a document—that it comes to shape the state’s public policies on Alzheimer’s for years to come. The updated report must be completed by October 31.
“Through the Long-Term Care Coordinating Council’s Executive Board under the leadership of the Lt. Governor, caregiver subcommittee we have a survey out [to solicit comments] that will stay open through the end of August that will be available online and offline, he says. Kicking off on August 5 and concluding August 10, Rhode Islander’s can give their comments at 18 community town meetings.
For a schedule of community town meetings, email Michelle La France at firstname.lastname@example.org.