Letters 6/23/21

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More diversity in Alzheimer’s research 

Most people know that Alzheimer’s disease impacts a person’s memory, but they might not realize that it disproportionately affects older Black and Hispanic Americans versus older whites. Black Americans are about two times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s, and Hispanic Americans are about one and a half times more likely to develop the disease.

Despite this, research projects have not included sufficient numbers of Blacks or Hispanics. This under-representation hinders research and limits our understanding about how an approved drug or diagnostic tool may affect the populations most likely to need them. There is an urgent need for more diversity in current and future research projects to ensure that advances in Alzheimer’s science benefit everyone.

Congress is currently considering the Equity in Neuroscience and Alzheimer’s Clinical Trials (ENACT) Act. This bipartisan legislation would increase the participation of underrepresented populations in Alzheimer’s clinical trials by addressing existing shortcomings in existing research systems and processes. 

I want to thank Congressman Joe Neguse, Congressman Jason Crow and U.S. Senator Michael Bennet for showing their support for the ENACT Act by cosponsoring the bill. I ask the other members of our state’s congressional delegation to join them. We must do better, and we can do better. Thank you to those members of Congress who have already put those words into action for Coloradans living with Alzheimer’s.

Jean Ruecker

Elaina Shively for Boulder County Commissioner

I am thrilled to support Elaina Shively for the office of Boulder County Commissioner. As a former commissioner myself, I am acutely aware of the critical issues facing our County.  I have worked with both candidates in this election, and I believe only Elaina has the skill set to lead effectively.  She will listen to the public and to subject matter experts at Boulder County and beyond. She will work collaboratively with the other two commissioners, staff, and the public to develop community centered solutions. 

Solutions for issues such as environmental protection, climate action, community safety, and justice reform—Elaina’s priorities—need systemic change that can only come from building coalitions at all levels of government and engaging with the public in a meaningful way. That is the role of a County Commissioner, and working with Elaina, I have seen her do this effectively time and again. 

Her background in meaningful systems change is rooted in identifying and addressing inequities with disproportionate impacts, so that everybody has the chance to thrive in Boulder County. She will listen, collaborate, and lead. Please join me in voting for Elaina Shively with your June primary ballot. 

Deb Gardner/Boulder 


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