Advancing Neurologic Equity: Challenges and Paths Forward

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 25, 2022 - 12:45 PM – 2:30 PM
Track: Plenary Session
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Many of the most common and burdensome neurologic disorders disproportionately affect persons belonging to marginalized and minoritized groups. These persons face challenges that increase their likelihood of developing a range of neurologic disorders, impose barriers to their ability to access neurologic care, and give rise to inequities in how they are treated by health professionals. Addressing these disparities is critical to ensuring that excellent neurologic care is provided to an increasingly diverse population. In this symposium, presenters will discuss how racial and ethnic disparities impact two highly prevalent neurologic disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis. Special attention will be paid to the topic of cognitive and behavioral assessment in diverse populations. Presenters will also address how neurologic disorders impact LGBTQ health. In addition to discussing the causes and consequences of neurologic disparities, speakers will point to approaches to ameliorating these disparities in order to advance more equitable, inclusive neurologic care.

Chair: Roy H. Hamilton, MD, MS, FANA

Co-Chair: Lesli E. Skolarus, MD, FANA


  • Following this session, learners will better understand the degree to which marginalized and minoritized populations are disproportionately impacted by neurologic disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis, and the causes and consequences of these disparities.
  • Following this session, learners will better understand how to apply demographic information appropriately when evaluating cognitive and behavioral performance in neurologic patients from marginalized and minoritized groups.
  • Following this session, learners will be better prepared to recognize and address neurologic issues as they occur in LGBTQ patients.

A Roadmap for Advancing Dementia Equity in Science and Care


Diagnosis and Management Disparities in Multiple Sclerosis


LGBTQ Care in Neurology


Social Determinants of Health, the Exposome and Dementia: A Focus on Action


Low Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status is Associated with Increased 30-Day Mortality and Readmission Rates for Patients with Common Neurological Disorders 

Emerging Scholar Speaker: Jay Lusk, BSc, Duke University