Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research
Founded in 1998, the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR) is a collaborative research, community outreach, and faculty mentoring program based at Wayne State University, Michigan State University, and the University of Michigan. Under the leadership of a national 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
- Mentor promising new faculty and research scientists from under-represented groups for sustained careers in aging-related behavioral research
The purpose of the MCUAAAR includes those two objectives, but also to collaborate with community-based organizations in Detroit and Flint, Michigan towards those ends.
Our research, training and community-based activities are implemented through four interacting components or Cores:
- Community Liaison and Recruitment Core (CLC) contributes to the science of recruitment and retention of older African Americans through the unique Participant Registry, maintains partnerships with community-based organizations in Detroit and Flint, and disseminates to and translates scientific information for, those communities.
- Research Education Component Core (REC) recruits junior researchers annually, coordinates mentoring and retention activities, and conducts year-round training sessions.
- Analysis Core (AnC) supports innovation investigations into the processes and mechanisms underlying health inequities and disparities and develops interventions to improve the health and well-being of older African Americans.
- Administrative Core (AC) provides coherent administrative leadership, budgetary, and organizational oversight of the MCUAAAR.