An Exploratory Analysis of ALZ Direct Connect Program

The purpose of this study was to explore Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles’s (ALZGLA) ALZ Direct Connect Referral program related to building partnerships with healthcare providers by analyzing referrals, and to identify the geographic locations of these healthcare agencies. The primary investigator utilized existing de-identified data (N=100), Pearson’s Chi Square, independent samples t-test, and analysis of variance to examine the content of the referrals, i.e. caregiver’s primary language, caregiver’s relationship to the client, client’s dual-eligibility (having both health insurances: Medicare and Medi-Cal) status, and the reason for referral. ArcGIS software was utilized to create the geographic map. Results revealed that caregivers who were Spanish-speaking, the spouse of Alzheimer’s patients, and had patients who were dual-eligible were less likely to be linked to ALZGLA’s programs and services. The work presented has implications for social work that include an emphasis on building relationships among professionals and advocating to better serve minority populations.