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CDC's Healthy Aging Research Network (CDC-HAN) has used a coordinated approach to develop, test, and share the best strategies for keeping older adults healthy. This innovative network promotes an ongoing agenda of community-based research to support and promote healthy aging projects while working with national and local partners.


Participating universities are able to enhance the focus on older adult health within their own institutions and foster collaboration with national, state, and local partners to expand and extend the HAN's capacity to address community needs. The HAN works closely with CDC's Healthy Aging Program to help ensure promising research findings translate to healthier, higher-quality lives for older Americans.

+Member Centers and Affiliates

Texas A&M Health Science Center
Center for Community Health Development Healthy Aging Focus: Providing technical assistance for the state's "A Matter of Balance" program to help seniors in the Brazos Valley and Bexar County adopt practical strategies that reduce falls and increase activity levels. HAN-affiliated staff also serve on a board that advises the Texas Department of Agriculture about increasing access to healthy foods.

University of California at Berkeley
Center for Family and Community Health Healthy Aging Focus: Enhancing health promotion research and practice for older adults in the areas of physical activity, depression, and brain health.

University of Colorado Denver
Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center Healthy Aging Focus: Working with senior services and community members in the San Luis Valley to help older adults live independently.

University of Illinois at Chicago
Institute for Health Research and Policy Healthy Aging Focus: Providing technical assistance and evaluation for physical activity programs in Cook County. HAN affiliated staff also participate in a new initiative to provide secondary prevention strategies for people with Alzheimer's.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Healthy Aging Focus: Building statewide coalitions to promote policy and infrastructures designed to prevent falls and fall-related injuries.

University of Pittsburgh
Center for Aging and Population Health Healthy Aging Focus: Promoting falls prevention as well as the 10 Keys of Healthy Aging, which promotes smoking cessation, controlling blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar control, cancer screenings, adequate physical activity, timely immunizations, and meaningful social involvement; and avoiding depression and the weakening of bones and muscles.

University of South Carolina
Prevention Research Center Healthy Aging Focus: Providing technical assistance and evaluation for the state's "Better Choices, Better Health" program to help older adults manage chronic diseases.

* University of Washington
Health Promotion Research Center Healthy Aging Focus: Conducting community-based dissemination research with the goal of promoting the health and well-being of middle-aged and older adults, particularly those with low-incomes and members of ethnic or cultural groups that are at increased risk of chronic disease. The center's core areas of focus are cancer prevention, depression management, falls prevention, physical activity, and workplace health promotion.

* Lead coordinating center

West Virginia University
Prevention Research Center Healthy Aging Focus: Providing technical and programmatic assistance to state and county health departments to help older adults in rural communities manage chronic diseases and improve fitness.


HAN booklet [PDF–2M]

10 Years of Making an Impact [PDF–3.7M]

The HAN comprises member centers and affiliates that share the common goals of understanding the determinants of healthy aging, identifying and promoting healthy aging, and assisting in translational efforts. The CDC provides funding to the PRC at the University of Washington, which serves as the network’s coordinating center.

The HAN member centers, each having competed in an objective review process for participation, form a network that develops, implements, and maintains a national research and dissemination agenda to promote healthy aging. With core funding from CDC, the CDC-HAN partners with other federal agencies, state and local governments, and non-profit organizations in communities across the nation to promote healthy aging by focusing on the following critical areas:

  • Promote mobility
  • Support the development of healthy community environments and health-promoting policies
  • Manage chronic diseases
  • Disseminate research findings and effective interventions and programs

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