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Episode 11: Extending the Reach of Parkinson’s Resources and Services

Unfortunately, many communities do not have access to the most up-to-date information and high-quality resources on Parkinson’s disease, even in the biggest cities. Every community has its own culture and flavor, and community outreach programs must recognize these differences to be successful. To design appropriate programs, it is also crucial to have a trusted contact and champion within the community. Aaron Daley of the University of California, San Francisco, describes his center’s outreach efforts and what is needed to bring Parkinson’s resources to underserved and underrepresented communities.

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About this episode

As you know, and like Parkinson’s itself, education and services for people with PD are not one-size-fits-all. Hopefully, you have access to resources in your community similar to what Aaron describes in this episode. If you don’t know where to find them, call our toll-free Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636). Our PD Information Specialists can help you locate health care providers, wellness classes, and more

Aaron Daley, MA

Aaron Daley, MA, is the clinic and research coordinator for the University of California, San Francisco (SF) Parkinson's Disease (PD) center.  He runs the day-to-day operations of the center, including clinical research trials, PD outreach and education in the Bay Area, and follow-up clinical care in the UCSF Movement Disorder department. Given his location in the SF Bay Area—one of most diverse populations in the world — he strives to collect, create, and transmit culturally appropriate information on PD. In the last 10 years, he has worked on a variety of National Institutes of Health- and Department of Defense-funded research projects: investigating issues related to mental health screening of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, blood ratios in massively transfused trauma patients, and the effects of cognitive behavioral interventions with sleep disorders and depression. He is interested in the ways that medicine and mental health intersect, as well as investigating ways that our society can improve the services and quality of life of the mentally ill. He graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of San Francisco in 1999, and a Master’s degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in research, from San Francisco State University in 2008.

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