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Project PEARL

The Professional Education for Alzheimer’s Resources and Leadership (PEARL) Project provides healthcare professionals with effective, evidenced-based training to recognize the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) and provide appropriate interventions as needed. Project PEARL trains the interprofessional healthcare team to deliver individualized, patient-centered care and to develop awareness for the emotional burden family members and care partners endure when caring for persons with ADRD.

Project PEARL utilizes the evidence-based curriculum provided by the National Alzheimer's Association Campaign for Quality Care, revising and tailoring the content to meet our targeted goals. Since Nova Southeastern University's College of Osteopathic Medicine provides students educational rotations in rural and underserved areas throughout Florida and Puerto Rico, the curriculum focuses on ADRD prevention, diagnosis, and care in medically underserved areas to address special-needs elderly, particularly Hispanics.

  • Goal 1: Revise and tailor an existing evidence-based curriculum to provide a culturally-sensitive approach for healthcare professionals working with Hispanic elders.
  • Goal 2: Incorporate Interprofessional Core Competencies into the professional training provided.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $3.5M with 25% financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents of this website are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.

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