The mission of the CADCs extends beyond the clinic walls through collaborations and community outreach. California, perhaps more than any other state, is facing huge increases in the number of elders from minority ethnic and diverse linguistic backgrounds. These seniors (and their families) face numerous barriers to dementia care.
The centers are at the forefront of using innovative approaches for providing clinical care and education to California's diverse population on how to best care for loved one's living with dementia, and to provide support for the caregivers. Through educational programs and support groups, the Centers have raised health-literacy about dementia-related issues, allowing families to provide better care and informing them about how to seek optimal care.
Many of the CADCs are using innovative technologies to better serve there communities. Learn more about each Center activities .
One example of the many innovative CADC outreach programs is the Telemedicine Program described below.
Telemedicine is a new and innovative approach for providing care to Californians living in rural communities who are unable to travel to a CADC for specialty services. The UCSF-San Francisco CADC with a clinic located within the San Francisco VA Medical Center is providing this service to in the geographically remote areas of Northern California where access to specialized care may be limited. Learn more about this new and effective community outreach program. 
The CADCs are also leaders in developing and providing culturally sensitive diagnostic tools to meet the needs of California's diverse seniors.
The CADCs have developed specialized instrumentation to evaluate dementia in California's diverse population, that include:
These new tools set the stage for action and inclusiveness, and allow the CADCs to improve delivery and efficacy of treatments, while expanding education and community outreach to underserved communities.
These culturally competent services are not available to these citizens through any other organized mechanism.