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Parkinson Association of Alabama is Proud Member of Independent Parkinson's Network


The Independent Parkinson's Network (previously known as AIRPO) will be unveiling its new brand at the World Parkinson's Congress in Barcelona, Spain, represented by Parkinson Association of Alabama Executive Director and CEO, Bibby Bailey who will serve as Vice Chair of the organization in 2024, and Chair in 2025.


Parkinson Association of Alabama is pleased to be a member of Independent Parkinson’s Network, a consortium formed with the shared goals of finding a cure for Parkinson’s and supporting those who live with the disease. IPN encourages collaboration, leverages organizational strengths and maximizes efficiency within its member organizations, which include:

  • Parkinson Association of the Rockies

  • Parkinson Foundation of Western Pennsylvania

  • Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma

  • Houston Area Parkinson Society

  • Michigan Parkinson Foundation

  • Southwest Parkinson Society

  • Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation

  • Parkinson Association of the Carolinas

  • Parkinson’s Association of San Diego

  • Parkinson Association of Alabama and Dallas Area Parkinson Society.

The creation of IPN formalized a collaboration that began in 2009 between the Parkinson Foundation and several independent regional nonprofit organizations, who became the founding members of the Alliance of Independent Regional Parkinson Organizations (AIRPO). This partnership allowed AIRPO to grow significantly over the years and in 2021, after many years of support from the Parkinson’s Foundation, the organization has been rebranded to Independent Parkinson’s Network (IPN) in 2022 and now functions as a stand-alone collaborative group.

Parkinson Association of Alabama is a proud member of IPN, accessing the many benefits of shared resources and perspectives from prominent and innovative Parkinson’s organizations from across the country. By expanding communication on a national scale, we are devoted to adopting new ideas and treatments generated through IPN and will continue to provide the latest services and programs to help people affected by the disease. IPN provides the opportunity to collaborate with our peers around the country who are also providing valuable services to their local Parkinson’s communities.

To be accepted to IPN, members must be able to demonstrate their credentials as independent nonprofit organizations by offering programs and direct services to their local community that aim to improve quality of life and daily living to those living with Parkinson’s or caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s. Nonprofit organizations that are interested in learning about IPN should contact chair, Christine Haythorn at chaythorn@pfwpa.org.


Learn more about IPN on their website at parkinsonsnetwork.com.


You can also follow IPN on social media at Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handles are:

  • Facebook: @Indpendent Parkinson's Network

  • Instagram: @IndependentParkinsonsNetwork

  • Twitter: @IPNtweets

For more questions about IPN and the Parkinson Association of Alabama membership, feel free to contact Bibby Bailey at bibby@parkinsonalabama.org with your questions.


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