Jason Resendez, Director of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Latino Network, Appointed to AT&T’s Advisory Panel on Access and Aging
WASHINGTON, DC, May 12, 2016—Today, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s announced that Jason Resendez, Director of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Latino Network and the LatinosAgainstAlzheimer’s Coalition, will join AT&T’s Advisory Panel on Access and Aging as an external advisor.
AT&T's Advisory Panel on Access and Aging (AAPAA) is composed of national leaders in assistive technology, aging and cross-disability issues. It provides advice and counsel to AT&T's subsidiaries, affiliates and leadership teams regarding issues of mutual interest. The panel discusses relevant areas of overlap between technology and disability as it relates to AT&T products and services.
“Jason’s experience working at the intersections of Latino aging issues, community engagement and technology access will inform our efforts to empower our customers to live independently through accessible technology solutions,” said Mark Balsano, AT&T Deputy Chief Accessibility Officer. “This commitment becomes even more important in the face of growing health challenges like dementia and Alzheimer’s.”
Resendez leads the UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Latino Network and the LatinosAgainstAlzheimer’s Coalition, the nation’s first-ever national coalition of Latino organizations working together to address Alzheimer’s growing impact on the Latino community. Latinos are 1.5 times more likely to get Alzheimer’s than non-Hispanic whites and, on average, present symptoms seven years earlier than other communities. Further, Latinos are disproportionately represented in the older age groups most at risk of Alzheimer’s.
Resendez spearheads opinion leadership outreach, coalition management and patient and caregiver advocacy. UsAgainstAlzheimer’s is dedicated to ensuring that the race for an Alzheimer’s cure is inclusive of Latino priorities, voices and advocates.
“From brain health research to caregiving support, technology can be a tool for addressing the myriad of challenges and opportunities that aging presents for consumers, society and the economy,” said Resendez. “I’m proud to work hand-in-hand with an industry leader like AT&T to address these challenges through innovative technology solutions for families struggling with diseases like Alzheimer’s.”
UsAgainstAlzheimer’s (UsA2) is an innovative non-profit organization demanding – and delivering – a solution to Alzheimer’s. Driven by the suffering of millions of families, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s presses for greater urgency from government, industry and the scientific community in the quest for an Alzheimer's cure – accomplishing this through effective leadership, collaborative advocacy and strategic investments.
Founded in 2010, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s has worked across sectors to: (1) secure the national goal of preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer’s by 2025 and help secure nearly $500 million in additional public funding for Alzheimer’s research over the past few years; (2) drive global efforts that resulted in the leaders of the world’s most powerful nations, the G7 group, to embrace a similar 2025 goal and to call for greater levels of research investment and collaboration; and (3) forge industry commitments to improve efficiencies for an expedited drug discovery and approval process.
The LatinosAgainstAlzheimer’s Network and Coalition drives awareness and action on Alzheimer’s and dementia’s disproportionate impact on the Latino community through strategic convening, policy analysis and advocacy – activating diverse health, community and policy stakeholders in the race for an Alzheimer’s cure by 2020.
Contact: Tim Tassa