Stat, a Boston Globe online affiliate that reports on health-care issues, examines the rupture at the Alzheimer's Association, one of the country's most influential disease advocacy groups. An escalating dispute over spending and priorities is fueling the schism, which has seen several prominent local and regional chapters split off from the heretofore loosely federated national network in recent months.
The tension among organizations that collectively raise more than $300 million a year centers on the Chicago-based association's plan to consolidate programs and advocacy. It is requiring chapters to dissolve their boards and transfer assets to the national office, which some local groups accuse of lavish spending on travel and executive pay.
Underlying that fight, Stat writes, is a larger dispute over the organization's direction, with the national office pushing an all-out focus on research for a cure that local groups say undercuts their efforts to care for patients and cater to their communities' needs.