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Brain Health Course

ACPM has developed an online course for physicians and health care professionals titled "Brain Health – Benefits of Blood Pressure Management as a Potential Mechanism to Reduce the Risk of Cognitive Decline and Dementia." The course is designed to provide an overview of important strategies physicians and health care professionals can use to promote brain health.

This 1.0 CME/MOC education activity is available through ACPM's learning platform.


Background Information

Cognitive impairment, including clinical Alzheimer’s-type dementia (CATD), mild cognitive impairment (MCI), or age-related cognitive decline (ARCD), affects a growing number of older adults. Given the impact of cognitive impairment on society, there is increasing interest on evidence-informed risk reduction of cognitive impairment.

In 2015, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) to participate in a two-part project focused on examining the evidence of interventions for preventing, slowing, or delaying the onset of MCI and CATD, and delaying or slowing ARCD. The 2017 NASEM report, indicated that blood pressure management for people with hypertension can prevent, delay, or slow cognitive impairment, including ARCD, MCI, or CATD.

To respond to the recent evidence on risk reduction of cognitive decline, ACPM has developed a continuing education module with funding from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This module is designed to improve healthcare providers’ awareness and ability to take action to utilize blood pressure control in middle-aged adults to reduce risk of cognitive impairment in later life. 

This course was developed with support from the CDC Division of Population Health, and is part of a cooperative agreement between ACPM and the CDC Center for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support.

Course Details

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain-review brain health terminology
  • Define and describe risk factors associated with age related cognitive decline, mild cognitive impairment, and dementia
  • Summarize lifestyle medicine management strategies, including hypertension management, that may decrease risk


  • Descriptions and Risk Factors
  • Risk Reduction and Management 1
  • Risk Reduction and Management 2
  • Resources and References


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Dr. John Barrett
John Barrett, MD, MPH, MS, FACPM
Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine and Family Medicine
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

John Barrett is a Colonel in the U.S. Army currently serving at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, where he serves as the Army Senior Service Leader, the Deputy Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics, Family Medicine, and Military and Emergency Medicine. Dr. Barrett received his Doctor of Medicine in 1995 from the Uniformed Services University. He later attended the University of Washington receiving a Master of Public Health in Health Education in 2002 and a Master of Science in Health Services in 2010. He has completed residency training in Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Fellowships in Occupational Medicine and Faculty Development. John has served in a number of leadership, teaching and clinical positions in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Barrett is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Preventive Medicine. He has over 15 years of service as full and part-time Residency Teaching Faculty in Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Occupational Medicine.

Dr. Jeffrey Newman
Jeff Newman, MD, MPH
Professor, Institute for Health and Aging

Jeffrey Newman MD MPH FACPM is an Adjunct Professor in the UCSF Institute for Health and Aging. Previous positions include Medical Epidemiologist at CDC, and Medical Director at the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for California and at the Sutter Health Institute for Research & Education. His current research and community health interests are advance care planning and brain health.

Key Contributors

  • Liana Lianov, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACLM, Founder and Principal, HealthType LLC
  • Lisa McGuire, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Heidi Holt, MPA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Lisa Garbarino, BS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Letitia Presley-Cantrell, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Rebekah Buckley, MPH, CRT AE-C, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Kaha Ahmed, MPH, CPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Shannon Haworth, MA, American College of Preventive Medicine
  • Danielle Pere, MPM, American College of Preventive Medicine
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