Alliance leverages independent nonprofit strengths to enrich programs for Parkinson's community.
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The Michigan Parkinson Foundation is pleased to be a founding member of the Alliance of Independent Regional Parkinson Organizations (AIRPO), a consortium recently formed with the shared goals of finding a cure for Parkinson's and supporting those who live with the disease. AIRPO encourages collaboration, leverages organizational strengths and maximizes efficiency amongst its founding member organizations, which include the Houston Area Parkinson Society, Michigan Parkinson Foundation, Northwest Parkinson's Foundation, Parkinson Association of the Carolinas, and Parkinson Association of the Rockies. New organizations in 2015 are Dallas Parkinsonism Society, Parkinson Association (Southern California) and Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana.
AIRPO formalized a collaboration that began in 2009 between Parkinson Disease Foundation (PDF) and several independent regional nonprofit organizations. AIRPO, by leveraging each member's unique expertise, will enrich programs available to the Parkinson's disease community and build a support network for the member organizational leaders. PDF provides AIRPO administrative guidance and support.
Michigan Parkinson Foundation Board Chairman, Edwin B. George, MD, PhD, notes that "the Michigan Parkinson Foundation has 30 years of experience providing programs supporting persons with Parkinson's disease to share with the other members of AIRPO, and will benefit from the opportunity to collaborate in the Alliance's national and international education and advocacy efforts. AIRPO will support the MPF's continued ability to use Michigan dollars to provide the programs needed for Parkinsons in Michigan, while giving us a stronger voice in the issues of importance to persons with Parkinson's disease throughout the country."
"Each AIRPO member organization seeks to address the diverse challenges facing the Parkinson's disease community. AIRPO allows us to develop solutions to these challenges together. Having the opportunity to learn from each other, and in some cases to work together, will enhance our collective ability to serve people with Parkinson's disease," noted Anne Thobae, Chair of AIRPO and Executive Director of HAPS in Houston Texas.
Robin Elliott, President of the Parkinson's Disease Foundation noted, "PDF is proud to collaborate with these outstanding organizations, all of which work tirelessly to meet the needs of people who live with Parkinson's disease and their families. Together, we will ensure we are doing our best for those to whom we are held accountable - people with Parkinson's disease and their families."