GBHI embraces science, art, and creativity to improve our understanding of brain health and dementia, and to lead change in practice, perception and policy. Through evidence-based research and artistic exploration, we aim to improve our understanding of the experience of people with dementia and their carers, as well as provide opportunities to amplify narratives, change perceptions, and stigma, and generate possibilities for community engagement and systemic transformation.
The program aims to build awareness and confidence in new roles and relationships, to increase openness to change, and to challenge assumptions and ideas. Atlantic Fellows are encouraged to engage with the perspectives of others, to examine preconceived notions, and to further build a global mindset. Through a shared curriculum and common immersive experiences, fellows are challenged with subjects, perspectives, and experiences that may be outside of their personal or professional frame of reference.
The program aims to build the following core competencies:
- A deep sense of the GBHI values—Authenticity, Fairness, Openness, Respect, Courage, and Empathy (A FORCE)—and a commitment and ability to embody those values in one’s own practice and to inspire them in others
- A strong foundation in the bio-psycho-social origins of dementia and neurodegeneration supported by an understanding of and empathy for the lived experience of people with dementia
- A commitment to equity and ethical practice and the ability to develop, articulate, and communicate a vision for change
- The skills necessary to lead, network, and influence in the pursuit of one’s goals
- The overarching ability and willingness to be an advocate for evidence-based change in policy and practice
Through a high-quality shared experience and a well-equipped toolbox, Atlantic Fellows will increase their potential to lay the foundation for global impact, contributing to collective program impact goals:
- Populations: Promote equity in prevention strategies and care models for vulnerable aging populations
- Practice: Improve dementia diagnosis, treatment, and care for patients and families
- Perception: Create social change, reduce stigma, and inspire optimism and dignity for older persons
- Policy: Develop and refine brain health policies through evidence-based advocacy and outreach
- Publications: Generate and distribute knowledge to advance the field of brain health and dementia prevention