Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research
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The Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR) is a 26-year-old collaborative research, community outreach, and faculty mentoring program based at Wayne State, Michigan State and the University of Michigan. Under the leadership of a coordinating center, it is one of eighteen national Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) and specialized Alzheimer’s focused projects funded by the National Institute on Aging to increase and enhance the diversity of the future scientific research workforce; mentoring promising new faculty and research scientists from under-represented groups for sustained careers in aging-related behavioral research.
Jacquelyn Taylor, PhD, RN, CPNP, NAM, FAAN, FAHA is the Helen F. Petit Professor of Nursing at Columbia University, and also a former (2005) MCUAAAR Scientist. She and Dr. Maxim Topaz are Multiple Principal Investigators of an R01 grant award from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities for their study entitled, “Identifying and Reducing Stigmatizing Language in Home Healthcare: The ENGAGE Study”. The specific aims of this 4-year study, funded for $2.6 million, are to…
James S. Jackson and the Program for Research on Black Americans: Contributions to Psychology and the Social Sciences
James S. Jackson (1944–2020) is remembered as a groundbreaking social psychologist whose career contributions in scholarship, research, and service were fundamental to the field of psychology. This article briefly outlines his career-long work and contributions. A strong believer in interdisciplinary work, his research spanned other related social science disciplines (e.g., sociology, political science), as well as health and social welfare professions (public health, social work…
The Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR) is one of 19 Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) funded by the National Institute on Aging and one of only two funded since the RCMAR inception. MCUAAAR is a collaborative effort between the University of Michigan, Program for Research on Black Americans, the Wayne State University, Institute of Gerontology, and the Michigan State University School of Social Work and…
Mr. Eugene Odom has been a Community Advisory Board member since 2003. Born in Ohio, Mr. Odom came to Detroit at age four and continues to live there today. His career was interesting and varied. He first worked at Cadillac Motor, then served as a court liaison for 10 years in the Wayne County Substance Abuse Department, and then transitioned to a career in life insurance for several years before retiring.
As one of the longest serving Advisory Board members, Mr. Odom has brought great wisdom and leadership to the Healthier Black Elders Center. He was inspired to…