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The Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging is comprised of the three universities in Michigan, the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and Michigan State University, as well as community partners in Detroit and Flint, Michigan.

Michigan State University (MSU)

MSU is a public research university in East Lansing, MI. The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, it was founded in 1855, and was the first institution of higher learning in the United States to teach scientific agriculture. Michigan State has approximately 39,176 undergraduates and 10,633 postgraduate students. In 2019, students were from 82 counties in Michigan, all 50 states, and 138 other countries. With a presence in every county, Michigan State University Extension helps people improve their lives through an educational process that applies knowledge to critical issues, needs and opportunities. The College of Human Medicine (CHM) is MCUAAAR’s implementing partner at MSU. The College of Human Medicine is committed to educating exemplary physicians and scholars, discovering and disseminating new knowledge, and providing service at home and abroad. CHM enhances its communities by providing outstanding primary and specialty care, promoting the dignity and inclusion of all people, and responding to the needs of the medically underserved.

University of Michigan (UM)

UM is a public research university in Ann Arbor, MI. The university is Michigan’s oldest; it was founded in 1817 in Detroit 20 years before the territory became a state. The school was moved to Ann Arbor in 1837. Michigan has 29,821 undergraduates and 16,181 postgraduates. In 2019, students were from 82 counties in Michigan, all 50 states, and 139 countries. The Program for Research on Black Americans is MCUAAAR’s implementing partner at UM. Since its establishment in 1976, the PRBA has been the leader in creating new and innovative qualitative and quantitative research methods to understand the lives of African American and African descendant communities. Their mission is to generate high-quality data, analyses, and interpretations of findings to advance academic scholarship and develop effective public policies. PRBA is housed at the Institute for Social Research, which is the largest academic social science survey and research organization in the world.

Wayne State University (WSU)

WSU is a public research university located in the heart of Detroit, MI and is one of Michigan’s largest universities. Founded in 1868, Wayne State consists of 13 schools and colleges offering more than 350 programs to nearly 27,000 graduate and undergraduate students from 75 countries. The Institute of Gerontology (IOG) is MCUAAAR’s implementing partner at WSU. The IOG has established itself as a premier program intensively focused on research, advanced pre- and post-doctoral student training, community outreach, and continuing education for health care providers. Their foremost goal is to inform and empower older adults and those who serve them through discovery and learning. Their mission is focused on research, education, outreach and partnerships. Specifically, they work towards advancing understanding of age-related changes and age-related differences in neural, cognitive, economic, and, social processes with a goal of improving our community’s health through research, preparing tomorrow’s leaders in aging research, disseminating current knowledge and best practices in gerontology to health professionals and the lay public, and building long-term programs for collaborative research and community services.