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Hopkins Economics of Alzheimer’s Disease & Services Center

Hopkins Economics of Alzheimer’s Disease & Services Center

The HEADS Center focuses on advancing research, putting it into practice, and translating new knowledge to policymakers, key stakeholders, and people directly impacted by these diseases.

Our cross-disciplinary research is distinctive in that it focuses on understanding the full range of care needs and on advancing accessibility, affordability, quality, and equity of care. The Center was established in 2019 thanks to a five-year $4.5 million grant from the National Institute on Aging (P30AG066587). 

News from HEADS

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Upcoming HEADS Seminar

Join the HEADS Center for monthly seminars on a variety of topics and research areas related to improving the care and lives of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. You can also access recordings of recent seminars.  Seminars are held from noon to 1 p.m. ET.

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2024-2025 Pilot Awards: Request for Applications

Through grant awards, our Center stimulates and coalesces population-based research that identifies, quantifies, and addresses economic and care systems challenges posed by Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD).

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Publication Spotlight

Safiyyah Okoye, PhD, Chanee Fabius, PhD, Lisa Reider, PhD, and Jennifer Wolff, PhD published a new paper in Alzheimer’s and Dementia examining multiple fall-risk factors, including environmental and sociodemographic, to inform effective fall screening and prevention strategies for persons living with dementia. The study was featured in Medscape, ScienceDaily, and DrexelNews.

Our Center Includes: 

  • Funding to support novel pilot studies to advance population-based research and attract investigators to the field 

  • Development of a high-capacity, secure computing environment to support novel population-based data analyses 

  • Community-building activities to support use of research resources, dissemination of scientific findings, and partnerships with key stakeholders and advocacy organizations to translate findings into policy and practice 


A Multi-Discipline Initiative 

Housed in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management, our Center taps into the talent of faculty from diverse disciplines and institutions across Johns Hopkins, including the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, and Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Together, we work to improve health systems through research, apply business principles to address challenges, and identify cost-effective health interventions that have both economic and social value. 

HEADs Center Spotlight

Jennifer L. Wolff, PhD ’03, MHS '95,

the center's co-director, advances policies and programs that improve quality of care and life of older adults with complex health needs and their caregivers.

Jennifer Wolff