Statement of Diversity and Inclusion

The Penn FTD Center (FTDC) strongly affirms diversity and inclusiveness in our center, in the families we serve, in the University of Pennsylvania, and in biomedical research.  We recognize that justice requires that we at the FTDC work to better defend and reflect the diversity of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and national origin that enriches our community.  We abhor the division and violence that deny the full humanity of all members of our society. 

Diversity and inclusion are values that are imperative to the work we do at the Penn FTD Center.  We acknowledge that scientific studies underrepresent minority communities, including the Black community and the elderly.  The FTDC strives to make research and neurological care more accessible.  Several members of our center are involved in the Department of Neurology’s Inclusion, Diversity, Anti-Racism, and Equity (IDARE) Program. The IDARE mission is to create and sustain a diverse, inclusive, and antiracist culture that ensures equitable treatment of patients at the University of Pennsylvania. We seek to serve whoever might suffer from FTD, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

Click the links below for Philadelphia based resources for treatment, support, and learning:

More information on IDARE can be found here


Mental health resources, community events, and screening tools


The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging has resources for community and connection, help in the home, protection and advocacy, and caregiver support


The Health Federation of Philadelphia provides a list of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), which are local, non-profit or city-run primary care providers serving