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Healthy Aging Research Network


Host Institution
University of Washington: Health Promotion Research Center
University of California, Berkeley (previous center): Center for Family and Community Health
University of Colorado Denver (previous center): Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
University of South Carolina at Columbia: Prevention Research Center
Texas A&M Health Science Center (previous center): Center for Community Health Development
West Virginia University: West Virginia Prevention Research Center

Health Topics
Aging & elderly health

By 2030, the number of people aged 65 years and older in the United States will double to about 71 million, or 1 of every 5 Americans. More than three quarters of older adults have at least one chronic condition, which increases risk of death and decreases quality of life. Research that brings evidence-based health promotion interventions into community settings is essential for addressing the health needs of the older adult population to promote independence in daily life, minimize the need for care giving, and reduce costs associated with illness.

The Healthy Aging Network (HAN) brings together researchers and diverse communities to improve the lives of older adults. The network"s goal is to deliver healthy aging practices, programs, and policies into community settings.

Network members are engaging in individual and collaborative projects that test measures, interventions, and dissemination strategies for healthy aging. Issues addressed include physical activity, fall prevention, cognitive health, and nutrition. The researchers are working to maximize partnerships with organizations and community programs to promote healthy aging.

Researchers are working to determine a core focus for a collaborative research project that will address an area of healthy aging for which a knowledge gap exists. Network members will develop and test interventions on the chosen topic area to better understand the influences of healthy aging and to create programs that can be sustained within community settings.
Research Setting
No specific focus
Race or Ethnicity
No specific focus
No specific focus
Age Group
Older adults (50 years and older)
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Principal Investigator
Basia Belza

Project Identifier
Healthy Aging Research Network - SIP 27-09 | Healthy Aging Research Network (coordinating center) - SIP 26-09

Funding Source
Division of Adult and Community Health

Project Status