In her 2014 State of the County address, then-Chairwoman Dianne Jacob called for the creation of The Alzheimer’s Project, an ambitious regional initiative to address the toll of the disease on families, communities and our health care systems. The County Supervisor also emphasized the need to support San Diego’s world-class researchers in their quest to find effective treatments and a cure.

Following her call to action, Supervisor Dave Roberts teamed up with her on the initiative. The Board of Supervisors unanimously launched The Alzheimer’s Project on May 6, 2014. Several roundtable groups - focusing on cure, care, clinical and education/awareness issues - were established to craft a blueprint to attack the disease. Participants include Supervisor Jacob, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, philanthropist Darlene Shiley, Sheriff Bill Gore and Mary Ball with Alzheimer’s San Diego. Also involved are key representatives of the region’s top research institutions, including Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, The Scripps Research Institute and University of California, San Diego.

In March 2015, project leaders completed an implementation roadmap and it was approved by the Board of Supervisors. The roundtables, led by a steering committee, continue to meet to oversee the plan and track the region’s progress.

The Alzheimer’s Project has received national recognition. Both the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and the National Association of Counties have honored San Diego County with awards for creating the initiative.