Health Promotion for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Older Adults

Co-Principal investigators: Susan Hughes, professor of community health sciences and director of the Center for Research on Health and Aging at the Institute for Health Research and Policy; and Tamar Heller, professor and head of disability and human development and director of the UIC Institute on Disability and Human Development.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost one in five Americans will be age 65 or older by 2030.  Growth of this magnitude in this segment of the population will place an unprecedented demand on the health care system and aging-related services.

While the health of older adults in the United States is improving and people with long-term disabilities live longer, significant disparities exist in health outcomes and quality of life for minority older adults.

With a particular focus on African Americans and Latinos, the cluster for Health Promotion for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Older Adults will link research and practice to improve health promotion and outcomes for both older adults and adults with disabilities.

The new faculty hires will be based at the Center for Research on Health and Aging that fosters interdisciplinary research across the University and is based in the UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy. The work of this faculty group builds on the center’s previous track record of intervention research focusing on older minority adults that has been conducted with funding from the National Institute on Aging’s Roybal Center program.

Initiative Hire(s): Dr. Jun Ma, professor in UIC School of Public Health’s Division of Health Policy and Administration, and co-director of the Institute for Health Research and Policy’s Center for Research on Health and Aging (Fall 2015)