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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.