The Administrative Core provides the coherent administrative leadership and organization of the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR). The persistence of health disparities requires that each RCMAR have the leadership and maturity to enact integrated approaches that result in deep, ongoing, creative partnerships between university faculty aging researchers and community members. Our unique partnership between two major research universities, one an African American serving institution, positions us to accomplish what only successful, mature centers can. This Administrative Core will coordinate: (1) the activities of the methods and measurement functions of the Center;(2) the investigator development work in the Investigator Core;(3) the community outreach and respondent recruitment activities of the Community Liaison Core;and, (4) the integration of these cores in both training new investigators and providing research translation to the community. The direction for the Administrative Core will come from the leadership of Drs. James S. Jackson (University of Michigan) and Peter Lichtenberg (Wayne State , University), the co-directors of the overall Center, and administrative support within the Administrative Core.
The specific aims of the Administrative Core are to: 1) extend the overarching administrative structure and ensure that the MCUAAAR Center components interact in a synergistic fashion;2) coordinate the short and long term mentoring, retention and follow-up of a set of 15 minority junior scholars whose research focus on the social and behavioral aspects of physical and mental health and health disparities;and, 3) use scientific knowledge about the recruitment and retention of minority elders in health and clinical research and the recruitment and retention of minority investigators.

Public Health Relevance

The need for well-trained faculty of color devoted to the study and amelioration of signifcant health status and health service disparities is well-documented. The purpose of the MCUAAAR is to provide training for junior scholars to become independnt NIH funded researchers, facilitate community outreach and community research participation, and contribute to reducing and the eventual amelioration of race and ethnic health disparities.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Center Core Grants (P30)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZAG1-ZIJ-3)
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor
United States
Zip Code
Lichtenberg, Peter Alexander; Sugarman, Michael A; Paulson, Daniel et al. (2016) Psychological and Functional Vulnerability Predicts Fraud Cases in Older Adults: Results of a Longitudinal Study. Clin Gerontol 39:48-63
Kietzman, Kathryn G; Troy, Lisa M; Green, Carmen R et al. (2016) Pathways to Advancing Aging Policy-Relevant Research in Academic Settings. Gerontol Geriatr Educ 37:81-102
Manning, Mark; Burnett, Janice; Chapman, Robert (2016) Predicting Incongruence between Self-reported and Documented Colorectal Cancer Screening in a Sample of African American Medicare Recipients. Behav Med 42:238-47
Nguyen, Ann W; Chatters, Linda M; Taylor, Robert Joseph et al. (2016) Social Support from Family and Friends and Subjective Well-Being of Older African Americans. J Happiness Stud 17:959-979
Nguyen, Ann W; Chatters, Linda M; Taylor, Robert Joseph et al. (2016) Family, friends, and 12-month PTSD among African Americans. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 51:1149-57
Perry, Tam E; Thiels, John F (2016) Moving as a Family Affair: Applying the SOC Model to Older Adults and their Kinship Networks. J Fam Soc Work 19:74-99
Taylor, Robert Joseph; Mouzon, Dawne M; Nguyen, Ann W et al. (2016) Reciprocal Family, Friendship and Church Support Networks of African Americans: Findings from the National Survey of American Life. Race Soc Probl 8:326-339
Mouzon, Dawne M; Taylor, Robert Joseph; Nguyen, Ann W et al. (2016) Serious Psychological Distress Among African Americans: Findings from the National Survey of American Life. J Community Psychol 44:765-780
Tarraf, Wassim; Mahmoudi, Elham; Dillaway, Heather E et al. (2016) Health spending among working-age immigrants with disabilities compared to those born in the US. Disabil Health J 9:479-90
Jäggi, Lena J; Mezuk, Briana; Watkins, Daphne C et al. (2016) The Relationship between Trauma, Arrest, and Incarceration History among Black Americans: Findings from the National Survey of American Life. Soc Ment Health 6:187-206

Showing the most recent 10 out of 149 publications