Center for Aging in Diverse Communities - About Us
The mission of the center is to decrease ethnic and racial disparities in health by focusing attention on healthy aging among older minority populations.
The center addresses this mission by serving as a catalyst for investigators conducting research that focuses on African American, Latino and Asian older adults. We provide funding for new pilot studies and mentor minority researchers, thereby increasing the number of researchers dedicated to improving the health of ethnically diverse older adults. We also focus on improving research methods and measures for diverse populations, as well as on the recruitment and retention of minorities in research projects.
The center participates in community outreach and continues to sustain and expand its partnerships with diverse communities of color in the San Francisco Bay Area, working to achieve mutual trust and respect between community-based organizations and UCSF. We collaborate with community-based organizations to identify areas of interest and priorities, facilitate communication between research institutions, individuals and organizations and thus ensure that our research is responsive to the needs of older minority individuals.
The center is composed of four separate but integrated units: administrative core, investigator development core, analysis core, and community liaison core.
- Administrative Core: The administrative core of the CADC is the central organizational unit that coordinates and supports the work of the investigator development, measurement and community liaison cores. The goals of the administrative core reflect the overall goals of the center.
- Investigator Development Core: The investigator development core of the CADC funds less experienced minority investigators (CADC scholars) to conduct pilot studies to investigate issues of aging in African American, Latino and Asian American populations. This core also provides training and mentoring to develop the research skill and independent research careers of these CADC scholars.
- Analysis Core: The analysis core works to clarify issues regarding how well various measures work in different racial or ethnic groups and provides methodological guidance in conducting health disparities research.
- Community Liaison Core: The community liaison core has developed credible partnerships with community organizations serving older Latinos, Asians, and African Americans conducts research on the science of recruitment, and builds academic-research partnerships.