In 2010, in response to the growing epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, the State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias in Oregon (SPADO) Task Force was formed and included non-profit organizations, state government agencies, academic researchers, issue experts, physicians, family caregivers, care providers, and state legislators. The SPADO Task Force heard public input from a variety of sources. This input informed and validates the recommendations crafted by the SPADO workgroups. In 2012 SPADO was released.
Structure & Leadership
Today, we continue our efforts to serve Oregonians and their family affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. As no segment of our community is untouched by Alzheimer’s, it requires coordinated efforts to address this public health crisis. Through its work groups, the SPADO Steering Committee works together to encourage engagement of public and private sector stakeholders to improve the state’s response to community needs associated with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
SPADO Steering Committee
Ann McQueen, PhD
Community Services and Supports Manager, Oregon APD
Ann is the Community Services and Supports Manager for the Office of Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) within the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS). She is especially interested in the experiences of people living with dementia and in helping to create a world that affords them the respect, dignity, safety, and companionship that all human beings deserve. Ann has presented at various conferences, both locally and nationally on topics related to aging, dementia and dementia care, and the role of humor in the lives of older people.
Dr. Vimal Aga, MD
Board-certified Geriatric Psychiatrist and Hospitalist.
As a clinician, he has around 20 years of experience working with dementia patients. He has chaired workshops on diagnosing dementia at several APA Annual Meetings and has published on various topics in the areas of dementia and geriatric psychopharmacology. He has been a regular contributor to the AAGP annual self-assessment exams and co-authored the questions on behavioral disturbances in dementia in the Geriatric Review Syllabus (11th Edition) published by the American Geriatric Society in Jan 2022. Dr. Aga is a physician-specialist with the Oregon State Hospital in Salem where he manages the med-psych unit, while his outpatient practice is with the Layton Center for Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease at OHSU, where he is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology.
Executive Director, Alzheimer's Association
Tracy Morgan is the Executive Director for the Oregon and SW Washington Alzheimer’s Association. She has been with the Association for ten years. The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. In her role she leads a team of 16 staff across the chapter who move forward the great work of the association in six strategic pillars : care and support, advocacy and public policy, concern and awareness, diversity equity and inclusion, research and development efforts to fuel the mission.
Luci Longoria, MPH
Manager, State Policy, Systems and Environmental Change at OHA
During the 25 years she’s worked in public health, Luci’s mission has been to provide every Oregonian with an opportunity to achieve optimal health. She has led multidisciplinary teams and special projects that prioritize community engagement and mobilization to drive health policy as the means for shaping the social structural environment. Luci has been recognized for her effectiveness in accounting for equity and social determinants of health, and for elevating health priorities of historically, structurally disenfranchised communities. Noteworthy among her many policy achievements, Luci has driven a substantial reduction in tobacco use in Oregon, leveraging a comprehensive, integrated strategy to facilitate broader prevention models and initiatives for Oregon’s public health system.
Over the years, SPADO has benefited from the invaluable commitment of numerous taskforce and workgroups members. Including:
Claire Agner , Roger Anunsen, Matt Baldwin, Stephanie Barnett-Herro, Jon Bartholomew, Holly Berman, Warren Bird, Kevin Call, Margaret Cervenka, Lynda Crandall, Don Crites, Penny Davis, Rep. Michael Dembrow, Nirmala Dhar, Petronella Donovan, Nicole Easley, Lee Girard, Sarah Goodlin, M.D., Kristrún Gröndal, Theresa A. Harvath, Ken Hector, Jason Hess, Anne P. Hill, Jana Hirsch, Sarah Holland, Kathy Irwin, Katherine Jimenez, Jan Karlen, Jeffrey Kaye M.D., Mark Kinkade, Tiffany Kirkpatrick, Jeannette Launer, Roberta Lilly, Glenise McKenzie, Ann McQueen, Jennifer Mead, Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, Maureen Nash, M.D., Tim Nay, Kathryn Nunley, Ana Potter, Mary Ruhl, Mary Scott, Bandana Shrestha, Fred Steele, Melissa Taber, Steve Winegar, Catherine Zimmerman.