Las Vegas, Nev. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced three U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grants totaling $1,038,959. The first grant of $200,000 was awarded to the Nevada Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) to fund public health programs to address Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias through the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act which was introduced by Senator Cortez Masto and passed into law in 2018. The second two grants were awarded to the University of Nevada, Reno and included $260,000 to enhance maintenance and capacity of food safety laboratories and $578,959 to fund research on the effects of hypertension on the nervous system.
“From funding public health programs for Nevadans living with Alzheimer’s to supporting research on the health effects of high blood pressure, these grant funds will provide resources to vital initiatives at the Nevada Department of Health & Human Services and the University of Nevada, Reno. I’m especially glad to see that funding from my BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act is directly benefiting Nevadans in need. The health and wellbeing of Nevadans is my number one priority, and I’ll continue to unequivocally support our research universities and public health departments.”
Senator Cortez Masto’s BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act applies a public health approach to reduce risk, detect early symptoms, advance care, improve data, and ultimately change the trajectory of this devastating disease. Headed by the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC), authorizes $20 million annually over the next five years to fund state, local and tribal public health departments implement effective Alzheimer’s interventions, including interventions identified by the Alzheimer’s Public Health Centers of Excellence.