• Hazuda, Helen P (PI)
  • Lawrence, Valerie A (PI)
  • Williams, John (PI)
  • Calmback, Walter (PI)
  • Gerety, Meghan (PI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


An Exploratory Center on Health Promotion in Older Minority Populations
targeted toward Mexicans will be established: the "Hispanic Healthy
Aging Center" (HHAC). Its theme will be "Promotion of Healthy Aging
Through and Understanding of the Evolution of Function and Its Modifiable
Determinants". Hispanics are the second largest ethnic minority group in the U.S.;
Hispanic elderly, comprised of 54% Mexican Americans, are the most
rapidly growing segment of the total U.S. elderly population. Mexican
American elders appear to have high rates of disability and impaired
function relative to non-Hispanic whites. An important goal of Healthy
People 2000, particularly targeted toward Hispanics, is to prolong
"active life expectancy". The HHAC theme has been operationalized into
a model that focuses on information needed to design effective and
feasible interventions to promote and prolong independence in Mexican
American elders. The model includes of three factors: 1) the evolution
of function across stages of independence, subclinical disability, and
disability; 2) medical comorbidity and other major determinants--
cognitive, physical, social and affective--of the evolution of function
likely to be appropriate targets for health promotion interventions; and
3) relatively fixed elements in the context of daily living -- age,
gender, socioeconomic status, and assimilation--that are not themselves
targets for intervention, but rather determine the types of interventions
that are acceptable and appropriate for different groups of elders.
Using the model, four small projects have been developed to create a
diverse, comprehensive and well-integrated plan of research focused on
HHAC's theme. Each project is directed toward the future development and
evaluation of culturally-appropriate health promotion interventions that
will serve as the focus of community education and outreach programs for
elderly Mexican Americans as the HHAC evolves into a full center. The HHAC is organized around a dynamic, multidimensional core structure
based on a teaming-approach to leadership. The Administrative and
Resource Core (ARC) includes an Administrative Nucleus and Leadership
component led by HHAC Co-Directors, Drs. Hazuda and Mulrow, a synergistic
pair of researchers with collaborative track records and respected
scientific productivity. Four ARC specialized resource components will
serve all HHAC studies: Recruitment and Data Collection, Data Management
and Biostatistics, Cross-Cultural Assessment, and Evaluation and
Dissemination. The HHAC will be an integral part of a resource rich
environment with a strong track record of commitment to Hispanic and
aging-related research and education. As such, the HHAC is assured a
very high probability of success evolving into a full center for the
promotion of healthy aging in elderly Hispanics.
Effective start/end date9/30/938/31/98


  • National Institutes of Health: $428,280.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $400,000.00


  • Medicine(all)


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