"Each AIRPO member organization seeks to address the diverse challenges facing the Parkinson's disease community. AIRPO allows us to develop solutions to these challenges together. Having the opportunity to learn from each other, and in some cases to work together, will enhance our collective ability to serve people with Parkinson's disease."
- Chair of AIRPO and HAPS Executive Director, Anne Thobae
Houston Area Parkinson Society is pleased to be a founding member of the Alliance of Independent Regional Parkinson Organizations (AIRPO), a consortium formed with the shared goals of finding a cure for Parkinson's and supporting those who live with the disease. AIRPO encourages collaboration, leverages organizational strengths and maximizes efficiency within its founding member organizations, which include HAPS, Michigan Parkinson Foundation, Northwest Parkinson's Foundation, Parkinson Association of the Carolinas, and Parkinson Association of the Rockies. Among its newest members are Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society, Parkinson’s Association (serving Southern California) and Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana.
AIRPO formalizes a collaboration that began in 2009 between HAPS, Parkinson Disease Foundation (PDF) and several independent regional nonprofit organizations. AIRPO, by leveraging each member's unique expertise, will enrich programs available to the Parkinson's disease community and build a support network for the member organizational leaders. PDF will offer administrative guidance and support to the alliance, while HAPS Executive Director, Anne Thobae, will fill the role as the first Chair of AIRPO.
HAPS is a proud member of AIRPO, anticipating 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, HAPS is devoted to adopting new ideas and treatments generated through AIRPO, and will continue to provide the latest services and programs to help people affected by the disease throughout metropolitan Houston.