Global Brain Health Institute and Respond

The Global Brain Health Institute’s (GBHI) mission is to improve the brain health of vulnerable populations across the world. Through its fellowship training program, GBHI brings together a powerful mix of disciplines, professions, backgrounds, skills, perspectives, and approaches to develop new science-based solutions to improve brain health and prevent dementia.

As a not-for-profit housing resource and service provider, Respond, an approved housing body, plays a central role in providing homes and supporting communities around Ireland. Respond also provide a range of services, including family homeless services, day care services for older people, early childhood care and education, family support, and refugee resettlement services.

The partnership between the GBHI and Respond aims to examine our understanding of brain health and how it can be applied to housing design and to the provision and the development of sustainable communities. This approach inherently touches on social justice and equity, reflects both Respond and GBHI’s core mission and identity. Housing and the built environment can impact on brain health and cognitive development and having a home can contribute significantly to an individual’s well-being, quality of life and their capacity to recover from illness and adversity.

GBHI and Respond currently have two areas of focus:

Seminar Series

The Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) and Respond are delighted to co-host a series of seminars which will advance our understanding of brain health as it applies to housing design, care provision and homeless services.

Respond Training

The GBHI Respond Core Brain Health training pilot was conducted from November 2020 – April 2021. The aim of the pilot was to examine the effectiveness and acceptability of a training module focusing on the concept of brain health and life course risk factor reduction for staff from Respond.

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