The Alzheimer’s Association has been chosen to lead a national public health effort aimed at lowering the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. The organization was selected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Public Health Center of Excellence (PHCOE) for dementia risk reduction. To fund the effort, the CDC has granted the association approximately $3.3 million over five years. The organization is also a partner and sub-grantee for the PHCOE for dementia caregiving, led by the University of Minnesota. In that role, it will receive $60,000 the first year, followed by yet-undetermined annual amounts. As the PHCOE for dementia risk reduction, the organization will lead efforts to translate current science into risk-reduction tools and literature that public health agencies can use, especially in diverse communities. The association will work with the agencies to implement best practices and proven strategies. “We are honored the CDC is entrusting the Alzheimer’s Association to lead this important public health initiative,” said Harry Johns, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, in a press release. “Reducing the risk of cognitive decline and dementia is core to our mission. We’re excited to work with leaders in public health and dementia research to develop needed strategies and resources that can help citizens across the country reduce their risk of cognitive decline.” Specifically, the organization will lead reviews of cutting-edge evidence of factors that may lower dementia risk, and identify best public health approaches. In addition, the initiative will develop evidence-based activities for public health agencies, and make information publicly available online.