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BOLD Public Health Center

Our mission is to increase early detection of dementia.

NYU Grossman School of Medicine is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through its Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias initiative, establishing the school as a Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure Public Health Center of Excellence (PHCOE). As a recipient of this grant, we are committed to being a national resource and driving force for implementing evidence-based and evidence-informed public health strategies that increase early detection of dementia. Learn more about our BOLD PHCOE Early Dementia Detection work, resources, and collaboration opportunities.

The center is led by a team from the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care and the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone that is dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by dementia. NYU Grossman School of Medicine is one of three PHCOEs in the United States, along with the Alzheimer’s Association and the University of Minnesota.

Our goal at the center is to increase awareness of dementia as a manageable chronic condition. We promote implementing effective public health, clinical, and community initiatives focused on improving early detection and reducing stigma. We strive to empower individuals and stakeholder groups to create pathways from increased detection to evidence-based care.

The goals we aim to achieve include the following:

  • widening access to information, as measured by visits to our BOLD PHCOE website, downloads and views of our materials, data from surveys, and attendance at public meetings and educational presentations, especially among groups with health disparities
  • creating early detection strategies that can be integrated at the state and regional public health level and within community service organizations and healthcare systems
  • generating evidence of increased collaboration across the major sectors responsible for helping people with dementia and their caregivers
  • supporting the establishment of durable systems for tracking and sharing results of implementation activities

The center’s overall mission is to increase early detection of dementia nationwide. We envision a world in which dementia is detected before a crisis occurs and in which early detection of dementia promotes better health and wellbeing of older adults, as well as their families and friends.

Our approaches include gathering evidence about best strategies to improve detection, recognizing that no one has yet solved this problem, and learning what is needed to co-create solutions and promote change in stakeholder organizations nationwide.

Our Team

Our team includes the following experts from the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care and the Department of Population Health.

Joshua Chodosh, MD, MSHS
Center Co-Lead,
Identify, Define, Evaluate, Align, and Synergize (IDEAS) Core Co-Lead

Soo Borson, MD
Center Co-Lead, IDEAS Core Co-Lead

Simona C. Kwon, DrPH, MPH
Community Engagement and Dissemination (CEND) Core Lead

Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH

Karyn D. Marsh, PhD

Alok Vedvyas, MS, MSJ

Matthew Lee, DrPH, MPH
Assistant Professor

Senem Suzek, MA
Program Director

Mauricio Arcila-Mesa, MD
Project Manager

Nicholas Mirin, MPH
Project Coordinator

For any inquiries, please reach out to our team at