Davis Phinney Foundation to host Healthy Brains/Healthy Communities event in San Diego, CA, on August 19, 2023, in collaboration with the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego and UC San Diego Health.

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July 20, 2023

Davis Phinney Foundation to host Healthy Brains/Healthy Communities event in San Diego, CA, on August 19, 2023, in collaboration with the Parkinson's Association of San Diego and UC San Diego Health.   

SAN DIEGO, CA — The Healthy Brains/ Healthy Communities event is the first of its kind to connect the Hispanic Parkinson's community across the San Diego and Tijuana areas. The Davis Phinney Foundation invites those living with Parkinson's, their families, and those living with other movement disorders to attend. More than 14 exhibitors, including San Diego County Caregiver program, San Diego PACE, and the Parkinson's Foundation, will be on-site to share information and resources. Local advocates and experts will teach attendees how to improve brain health and live well today. 

Little is known about the characteristics, risk factors, and genetics of Parkinson's in the Hispanic community. The Davis Phinney Foundation's Hispanic Community Engagement initiative, therefore, hopes to bridge that gap to ensure Hispanic people living with Parkinson's and their families have access to the community, care, and resources they need to live well.

Dr. Claudia Martinez, the Foundation's Hispanic Community Engagement Manager, and many others connected to the Foundation, including staff, Ambassadors, and community action committee members, will attend to connect, learn, and plan with Parkinson's leaders.    

The expert panel includes:   

  • Martin Rodriguez – PhD in Psychology, Tijuana   
  • Adriana Gonzalez, LCSW - Social Worker UCSD Movement Disorders Center, San Diego  
  • Branco Huisa, MD - Founder and Director of the Neuron Clinic, San Diego   
  • Guillermo Parra López, MD - Movement Disorders Specialist, Tijuana   
  • Veronica Arevalo - Hispanic Ambassador, Davis Phinney Foundation, Bakersfield    


About the Davis Phinney Foundation

The Davis Phinney Foundation was founded by Olympic cyclist Davis Phinney in 2004 to help people with Parkinson's live well today. The Foundation focuses on providing programs, early-stage research, and resources to help people living with Parkinson's improve their quality of life. Parkinson's is the number two neurodegenerative disease – second to Alzheimer's – and affects more than one million people in the United States. The Foundation's work impacts hundreds of thousands of individuals and families annually.

This event is part of the Foundation's Healthy Parkinson's Communities™ (HPC) initiative, driven by community participation and led by individuals in each community. Through the HPC initiative, the Foundation aims to inspire and support communities working to change how people live with Parkinson's.

The event will be fully delivered in Spanish, and simultaneous interpretation to English will be available.  


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