The Management and Administrative Core is central to the successful operations of the Midwest Roybal Center for Health Promotion.
The specific aims of this Core are to: 1. Develop and maintain a strategic vision for the Center and plan, coordinate, review and manage the Center's activities to support the accomplishment of that vision. 2. Manage a talented Advisory Committee that will oversee the functioning of the Center and assist the Director in making scientific and administrative decisions relating to the Center, including the allocation of funds for pilot studies. 3. Implement a systematic method, using Executive and Advisory Committee members, to develop, identify, review and monitor pilot projects in a manner consistent with the overall goals of the Center. 4. Monitor all pilot projects and describe their results in annual Center progress reports that will be submitted to NIA. 5. Coordinate travel to national Roybal Center meetings in Years 2 and 4. 6. Encourage and facilitate the development of networks among researchers, commercial interests, community interests, program design interests, and Governmental entities to support translation activities. 7. Expand the reach of the Center's activities through strategic collaborations with private sector/commercial interests, non-profit organizations, research institutions, and government agencies, as appropriate. Susan Hughes, PhD, will serve as PI and Drs. Heller, Ferrans, Ruggiero, Marks, and Marquez will serve as Co-Is and Senior Leaders of the Management Core. This Core will play a vital role in ensuring that our renewal Center achieves its mission by enrolling key members of the policy, academic, and practice communities in our Advisory Committee and engaging outstanding UIC faculty as members of our Executive Committee and as Roybal Senior Leaders. Overall, our current Roybal Center generated $38.2M in financial resources to support and expand Center research as well as 85 peer-reviewed publications. The proposed renewal Center plans to build on that successful track record as well.

Public Health Relevance

Management Core activities will support the production, oversight, and dissemination of findings from highly innovative and rigorous pilot studies that seek to improve the health and functioning of older adults. The proposed pilots will focus on behavior change interventions with a focus on cognition, translational research on a malleability of biobehavioral risk mechanisms, and interventions that target features of social networks and social engagement. The dissemination of findings will be expedited by a new Workgroup for Digital Excellence.

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King, Jonathan W
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Danilovich, Margaret K; Hughes, Susan L; Corcos, Daniel M et al. (2016) Translating Strong for Life Into the Community Care Program: Lessons Learned. J Appl Gerontol :
Marquez, David X; Aguiñaga, Susan; Campa, Jeanine et al. (2016) A Qualitative Exploration of Factors Associated With Walking and Physical Activity in Community-Dwelling Older Latino Adults. J Appl Gerontol 35:664-77
Margaret, Danilovich (2016) The Impact of Strong for Life on the Physical Functioning and Health of Older Adults Receiving Home and Community-Based Services. Aging Soc 7:1-9
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Sheean, Patricia; Liang, Huifang; Schiffer, Linda et al. (2016) Assessing the prevalence of compromised bone health among overweight and obese African-American breast cancer survivors: a case-control study. J Cancer Surviv 10:21-30
Smith-Ray, Renae L; Hughes, Susan L; Prohaska, Thomas R et al. (2015) Impact of Cognitive Training on Balance and Gait in Older Adults. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 70:357-66
Vasudevan, Vijay; Rimmer, James H; Kviz, Frederick (2015) Development of the Barriers to Physical Activity Questionnaire for People with Mobility Impairments. Disabil Health J 8:547-56
Boyd, Andrew Dallas; Moores, Kaitlin; Shah, Vicki et al. (2015) My Interventional Drug-Eluting Stent Educational App (MyIDEA): Patient-Centered Design Methodology. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth 3:e74
Smith-Ray, Renae L; Makowski-Woidan, Beth; Hughes, Susan L (2014) A randomized trial to measure the impact of a community-based cognitive training intervention on balance and gait in cognitively intact Black older adults. Health Educ Behav 41:62S-9S
Zenk, Shannon N; Horoi, Irina; McDonald, Ashley et al. (2014) Ecological momentary assessment of environmental and personal factors and snack food intake in African American women. Appetite 83:333-41

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