Community Engagement Core

The Community Engagement and Outreach Core serves as a bridge to the community, linking researchers to community organizations focused on aging and the seniors that they serve. By networking, giving first, advocating for participation in research, and giving back, this Core builds relationships and trust to ensure that the CEDHA mission of eliminating health disparities is realized.

This goal of this core is to advance research on disparities in aging and the prevention of HIV by focusing on community participation, behavior modification, and environmental change. The Community Engagement and Outreach Core is designed to empower the community to partner and participate in educational programs to treat, prevent, and monitor HIV in aging minority populations. It also aims to assist in communication with researchers, and provide access to community outreach and education materials on healthy aging.

Perceptions on Healthy Aging Project

This research seeks to examine older adult's views on behavioral and social factors that promote and/or hamper wellness as one ages. The research strategy used focuses upon one-on-one, qualitative interviewing of a subset of Rush CEDHA study participants. This information will help both researchers and the community agencies associated with the Rush CEDHA to learn more about various barriers seniors face, and the types of information and assistance that may aid older adults and improve their health and well-being.

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Partner with Us in Healthy Aging Research

Understanding how to reduce health disparities requires research. Research requires collaboration between scientists and community members. Without persons from the community participating in research, important answers to improve everyone's health and well-being will not be developed. Please consider joining the research being conducted by the Rush Center of Excellence on Disparities in HIV and Aging.

For Older Persons Living with HIV

With better treatments for HIV, older persons aging with HIV who have disability and reduced quality of life, are more likely to have common, age-related health conditions than with HIV-related conditions. The implementation of healthy lifestyle choices such as increased physical activity, better food choices, and smoking cessation may be ways to reduce the number of years older persons living with HIV experience disability. Therefore, community-based organizations working with older persons with HIV to deliver healthy aging messaging along with messaging about suppressing HIV viral load may consider using this tool-kit.

HIV screener

For Older Persons at Risk for HIV

A little over 10% of all new infections with HIV in the United States occurred among individuals older than age 50. Older persons are not always aware that they are at risk for developing HIV and may not be aware of HIV prevention methods. Health care providers often find it difficult to obtain a sexual history from older adults. Therefore, community-based organizations working with older persons to deliver messaging about maintaining good sexual health along with messaging about healthy aging may consider using these handouts.

HIV and Healthy Aging Toolkit

Other Resources and Links

Below is a listing of resources and links for more resources on HIV and Aging: