Minority populations and persons of less privileged socioeconomic status suffer a disproportionate burden of disease and associated complications from many serious health conditions in the U.S. In addition, as the U.S. population ages, older persons as a group are increasingly more ethnically diverse with social and behavioral factors predicting substantial variation in functioning and morbidity in older adults. To address these issues, the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities (CADC) was established at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in 1997 under the leadership of Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD. CADC is one of six national Centers funded by the Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) program by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institutes of Health.
The CADC is committed to increasing high quality research focused on the concerns of aging Latinos and African Americans by:
- Increasing the number of researchers devoted to improving the health of Latino, Asian, and African American elder adults and reducing health disparities
- Developing and mentoring minority researchers by providing training and support for proposals, pilot studies, and dissemination of research findings
- Collecting and validating existing measures for research with Latinos, Asians, and African Americans, and developing new measures
- Recruiting and retaining Latinos and African Americans for clinical research
- Funding and implementing new pilot studies that advance knowledge on healthy aging, disease, and disability among older African Americans, Asians, and Latinos
- Disseminating information about interventions to reduce disease and disability and improve the health of older Latino, Asian, and African American adults
Eliseo J.Pérez-Stable, MD, Professor of Medicine and Director, CADC along with Dr. Leah Karliner, Associate Professor in Residence in the Department of Medicine have a paper with JGIMthat was published online Decemer, 2012. What do We Know About Patient-Clinician Interactions with Interpreters?
We are pleased to announce that the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities (CADC) and Redes en Accion have established a collaborative agreement with “Ventanilla de Salud”, a health program offered by Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, Inc. and the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco. The outreach coordinator of CADC and Redes en Accion will visit the Consulate once a month to deliver talks and disseminate written information on cancer issues and information on free or low cost health services and resources. We are confident that this collaboration will increase cancer awareness and education among the Hispanic/Latino population helping them to improve their health.
Three papers from CADC investigators (and Jeanne Teresi – who has a supplement to CADC) have been published these are a product of the RCMAR Measurement and Methods cores. The three papers appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Aging and Health include:
• Stewart AL, Thrasher AD, Goldberg J, Shea J. A framework for understanding modifications to measures for diverse populations. Journal of Aging and Health, 2012 Apr 10.
• Teresi, JA., Ramirez, M., Jones, RN., Choi, S., Crane, PK. Modifying measures based on Differential Item Functioning (DIF) impact analyses. Journal of Aging & Health, 2012, Mar 15.
• Thrasher AD, Clay OJ, Ford CL, Stewart AL. Theory-guided selection of discrimination measures for racial/ethnic disparities research among older adults. Journal of Aging and Health 2012, Mar 26.
These three papers were derived from a RCMAR sponsored preconference workshop at the 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America entitled “Using, Adapting, or Modifying Existing Measures for Studies of Diverse Population Groups.”
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