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Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research-Bridge Funds

a MiCDA Research Project Description

Investigators: James S. Jackson, Jamie Mitchell, Robert J. Taylor, Toni C. Antonucci, Amy M. Pienta, Jacqui E. Smith

Funding: National Institute on Aging, 2017-2018 (3 P30 AG 015281 20 S1)

The mission of the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR) is to generate knowledge that will reduce health disparities and improve health. To fulfill this mission, MCUAAAR pursues twin goals of increasing the number of highly trained African American aging researchers, and including more elderly African American subjects in health disparities research.

In the coming year, MCUAAAR will 1) recruit and mentor 15 new junior scholars into the area of aging and health research; 2) increase important research on health and health promotion among older adults of ethnic and racial populations, especially African Americans; and 3) extend research on the recruitment and retention of African American elders in health via our large Participant Registry. Throughout their training, our mentees have unlimited access to our Participant Registry, a research subject pool of 1,500-plus minority subjects built over nearly a decade following a Community-Based Participatory Model.

Research Signature Theme:

Health and well-being in later life: Disparities