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Brain Health Course

ACPM has received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Population Health to develop a 1-1.5 hour(s) CME/MOC module on the benefits of blood pressure management as a potential mechanism to reduce cognitive decline and dementia. The module will be offered as an elective as part of the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program.

Titled "Blood Pressure Management in Mid-life to Reduce Risk of Cognitive Decline," the course will serve as a base level introduction from a lifestyle medicine perspective. The course is designed for physicians and applicable for nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dietitians, health coaches, and other allied health professionals. The elective will be between 1-1.5 hours of CME and MOC. 

Learning Objectives

  • Increase physician's/health care professionals' awareness of brain health as a chronic health condition
  • Understand the evidence provided in the 2017 NASEM report "Preventing Cognitive Decline and Dementia: A Way Forward"
  • Describe the potential benefit of blood pressure control in mid-life to reduce the risk of future cognitive decline and dementia. 
  • Identify key strategies and resources to identify, assess, and refer patients with Alzheimer's or other dementias to care and community support programs 
  • Participants will be able to apply learning from other LMCC cardiovascular disease modules to the treatment of patients with dementia based disorders

Pilot Webinar

ACPM will host a pilot webinar Thursday, September 11, 2018 (12:00–1:30pm EDT) providing a first-look at the content being developed for a course on the "Benefits of Blood Pressure Management as a Potential Mechanism to Reduce the Risk of Cognitive Decline and Dementia." The webinar is being offered prior to the content being finalized and recorded. As this webinar is piloting new material, participants are expected to provide constructive feedback and answer follow-up questions critical for final edits and improvements.

There is no cost, but registration is required. CME and MOC credit are pending for this project and pilot webinar.


Learning Objectives

  • Identify brain health terms & risk factors for cognitive decline, impairment and dementia
  • Recall prevention and management strategies for risk factors including cardiovascular disease to reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia
  • Describe the role of preventive medicine in the prevention of cognitive decline and dementia


5 Minutes
Introduction and Overview of the Brain Health Course
  • Liana Lianov, MD, MPH, FACPM 
45 Minutes
Brain Health Course Modules 1-4
  • John Barrett, MD, MPH, MS, FAAFP
  • Module 1: Descriptions and Risk Factors
  • Module 2: Science and Recommendations
  • Module 3: Prevention and Management I
  • Jeff Newman, MD, MPH, FACPM
  • Module 4: Care Planning and Role of Caregivers 
5 Minutes
Summary and Next Steps

30 Minutes
Audience Q & A Session
  • Participants can ask questions and provide feedback to the faculty
5 Minutes
Closing Remarks
  • Liana Lianov, MD, MPH, FACPM


photo of Dr. Liana Lianov
Liana Lianov, MD, MPH, FACPM

Founder and Principal
HealthType LLC

Dr. Liana Lianov has advanced the lifestyle medicine movement in the US and internationally, including leading the first of its kind intensive lifestyle medicine curriculum by the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). For this work, she received the 2015 ACPM Distinguished Service Award. She is vice-chair of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine, a past president of ACLM and served on the board of directors of both ACLM and ACPM. She is board certified in internal medicine and preventive medicine and completed a psychiatry fellowship. As a public health medical officer for the California Department of Health Care Services, she managed a variety of chronic disease, mental health and prevention programs.

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John Barrett, MD, MPH, MS

Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics and Family
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Dr. John Barrett is a Colonel in the U.S. Army currently serving as Faculty at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, where he serves as the Army Senior Service Leader and the Deputy Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. Barrett received his Doctor of Medicine from the Uniformed Services University, and a Master of Public Health in Health Education, and Master of Science in Health Services from the University of Washington. He has completed residency training in Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Fellowships in Occupational Medicine and Faculty Development. Dr. Barrett is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and board certified in Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Occupational Medicine, and Aerospace Medicine. He has over 15 years of service as full and part-time Residency Teaching Faculty.

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Jeffrey Newman, MD MPH

Adjunct Professor
Institute for Health & Aging, UCSF

Dr. Jeffrey Newman is an Adjunct Professor in the Institute for Health & Aging at UCSF. The first half of his 20-year career in the USPHS was at its Hospital in San Francisco, followed by EIS training and medical epidemiology at the CDC Chronic Disease Center. He subsequently served as Medical Director of the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for California, and the Sutter Health Institute for Research and Education. His current research and teaching at UCSF are focused on community approaches to healthy aging and advance care planning.

Please register in advance. There is no cost to participate.


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