Message from the Director
Welcome to the website of the RCMAR Center for Health Improvement of Minority Elderly (CHIME).
The Center for Health Improvement of Minority Elderly (CHIME) is a Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) funded by the National Institute of Health/National Institute of Aging (NIH/NIA). CHIME is housed in the UCLA Department of Medicine.
As Program Director of CHIME, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our home on the Internet. Whether you are looking for specific information or simply want to learn more about the field of healthcare among minority elders, I hope that you will find this website both interesting and informative.
Working alongside our sister RCMAR centers, our mission is to help reduce health disparities between minority and non-minority older adults. The focus of our work at CHIME is on training and mentorship of minority junior-level faculty who will advance their career by conducting research on minority elders.
The information on this website will be updated regularly, offering you relevant and important information about the research our faculty and pilot-study funded scholars are conducting on minority elders. I encourage you to browse the site and to visit it often.
Carol M. Mangione, MD, MSPH
The UCLA/CDU RCMAR Center for Health Improvement of Minority Elderly (CHIME) funded by the National Institute of Health/National Institute of Aging (NIH/HIA) is a research and mentoring program that ultimately contributes to the reduction in health disparities for African American and Latino Elders by training and mentorship of minority junior-level faculty who advance their careers by conducting research on minority elders. To accomplish this goal, the UCLA/CDU RCMAR CHIME has 5 overarching specific aims:
- Create research infrastructure to improve the health of minority elders through the development, implementation & evaluation of community-partnered interventions designed to mitigate health disparities;
- Conduct analyses of existing data sets to identify community, health system, and person-level correlates of health disparities to inform the development of new interventions designed to mitigate health disparities;
- Contribute to the development, evaluation, and dissemination of measurement tools that can be used to track health outcomes or measure social, behavioral & economic predictors of the health of minority elders;
- Build on a 10-year track record for successful academic advancement of minority faculty through mentorship and support of their efforts to conduct independent research on the health of minority elders; and
- Broaden and stabilize existing and new partnerships with communities to expand the pool of potential minority elders who are participants in research and the beneficiaries of the findings from research conducted under auspices of CHIME as well as other funded entities.
CHIME addresses these aims through structured activities that are organized in an Administration Core, an Analysis Core, a Community Liaison Core, and an Investigator Development Core.
In 1997, the National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health established the Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) initiative as part of the effort to reduce health disparities between minority and non-minority older adults. The RCMAR mission is to decrease these disparities by:
- Increasing the number of researchers who focus on the health of minority elders.
- Enhancing the diversity in the professional workforce by mentoring minority academic researchers for careers in minority elders health research.
- Improving recruitment and retention methods used to enlist minority elders in studies so that research can accurately identify and work toward solutions to health disparities.
- Creating culturally sensitive health measures that assess the health status of minority elders with greater precision, and increase the effectiveness of interventions designed to improve their health and well-being.
A central coordinating center provides logistical support to the RCMAR centers, facilitates communication and collaboration, and oversees dissemination activities designed to reach the larger research and health professional communities, public policy makers, and consumers. The coordinating center is also the national clearinghouse for measurement tools, instruments, publications, community activity, pilot research, and other resources developed by RCMAR investigators.