Annual Meeting

2019 RCMAR Annual Investigators Meeting

Hosted by: RCMAR National Coordinating Center at UCLA
June 20-21, 2019


The theme for this year’s 2018 RCMAR Annual Investigators meeting is Looking Forward: A Bigger and Better RCMAR. This meeting will bring together diverse investigators from across the United States to share the latest aging research findings, include those focused on minority elders. Through plenary presentations, conversations with experts, networking and work group meetings, attendees will gain a wealth of new information and reinforce the RCMAR infrastructure that supports long-term mentoring relationships.


The cost to attend the meeting is $90, (plus a $7.07 Eventbrite service fee), and includes the cost of the Welcome Reception and Poster Presentations at the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center on June 19 from 6-8 pm, as well as continental breakfast and buffet lunch on June 20 and June 21.


This optional workshop will take place on June 20th from 8 am – noon (before the annual meeting). The cost to attend is $30 (plus a $3.46 Eventbrite service fee) and will emphasize the skills, tips and tricks to help Scientists successfully apply for grants. Scientists are encouraged to send in their grant proposals prior to the workshop to be reviewed by a RCMAR faculty member. Note: Registration is limited to 2 Scientists per site. Please contact Porsche McGinnis via email: with any questions.


Credit cards are the only accepted method of payment.


Please click here to register


The annual meeting is scheduled to take place on June 20-21 at the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center located at 425 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA.


We have secured a discounted rate of $249 per night (rate includes tax) at the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center. Please use the following weblink to reserve your rooms here: RCMAR Annual Investigators Meeting or call the conference center directly at 855-522-8252 and reference "RCMAR Annual Investigators" Meeting to reserve your room. The discounted rate will be held until May 29, 2019.


Confirmed Breakout and Poster Presenters.
Please submit an abstract using the form below.
Deadline Monday, May 20, 2019. Email abstracts to

Abstract: State the objectives and specific aims, highlighting the minority aging components of the project. Describe concisely the research design and methods for achieving these goals. This abstract is meant to serve as a succinct and accurate description of your work. While all abstracts may not exactly fit the following guidelines, abstracts MUST contain the following key points.

  • Length of Abstract - the length of the abstract should be no more than 300 words.
  • Title - the title should be in capital letters and center at the top of the page.
  • Authors – After the title include the first initial and last name of each author, followed by their graduate degree(s) and institutional affiliation.
  • Background - the problem under investigation or hypothesis (Objective or Introduction will also be accepted).
  • Methods - the experimental methods or protocols used to accomplish the research.
  • Results - Podium presentations should present results from the research and provide sufficient data to allow the audience to evaluate the content.
  • Conclusion- a summary of findings that are supported by the data presented.

Wednesday, June 19


Arrival Day: UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Welcome Reception and Poster Presentations
Separate registration required

Thursday, June 20

8:00 am – 9:45 am

Advisory Board Meeting (Closed Meeting) Plateia Private Dining Room Closed Meeting
Buffet Breakfast in the Plateia Servery

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Optional: Grant Writing Workshop
Centennial Ballroom CD
Separate registration required, Buffet Breakfast in the Plateia Servery 6:30 – 8:00 am

10:00 am – 11:30 am

GSA Preconference Workshop Discussion (Closed Meeting)
UCLA Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health Building Center for the Health Sciences Room 16-032 650 Charles E Young Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Check in/Registration Outside of Centennial Ballroom

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch Centennial Terrace, 3rd Floor
(Buffet-Style, Assigned Seating)

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm

General Session Welcome

  • Lis Nielsen, Ph.D.
    Chief, Individual Behavioral Processes Branch
    Division of Behavioral and Social Research
    National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health
  • Carl V. Hill, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Director, Office of Special Populations
    National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health
  • Steven P. Wallace, Ph.D.
    Director, RCMAR National Coordinating Center (Coordinating Center)
    University of California, Los Angeles
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Keynote Presentation: Taking Implicit Bias Seriously Centennial Ballroom CD
Jerry Kang, JD
Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Distinguished Professor of Law
Distinguished Professor of Asian American Studies
Korea Times – Hankook Ilbo Endowed Chair
University of California, Los Angeles

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Unmet Mental Health Need Among Older Chinese and Latino Patients in Primary Care Centennial Ballroom CD
Maria Garcia, PhD
Center for Aging in Diverse Communities (CADC)/RCMAR
University of California, San Francisco

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Advancing Health Among Aging African-American Adults in Flint, MI: Recruitment Barriers and Facilitators for the Multilevel Church Challenge Blood Pressure Management Intervention
Vicki Johnson-Lawrence, MS, PhD
Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR)/RCMAR
University of Michigan | Wayne State University | Michigan State University

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm


3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Community Panel Presentation: A Closer Look – Challenges & Payoffs Centennial Ballroom CD
Grace Cheng Braun, MSPH
President & CEO, WISE & Healthy Aging
• Erika Brown Lead
Coordinator AMP Program
Los Angeles City Department of Aging
• Maggie Cervantes
Executive Director
NEW Economics Women (NEW)
• Nancy Volpert
Director of Public Policy & Strategic Initiatives
Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles

5:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Closing Arguments and Adjourn

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dinner Legacy AB
Separate registration required.

Friday, June 21

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Continental breakfast Centennial Prefunction

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Scientist Meeting with National Institutes of Health Representatives Centennial Ballroom CD
(closed meeting/Scientist only)

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Core Meetings
Analysis Core - Entrepreneur
Community Core - Artistry
Research Education Core - Catalyst
Evaluation Strategies for RCMAR Programs - Englightment

9:50 am – 10:00 am

Day 2 Meeting Overview - Centennial Ballroom CD

  • Nina Harawa, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Co-Director, RCMAR National Coordinating Center (Coordinating Center)
    University of California, Los Angeles
10:00 am – 10:30 am

Understanding Performance of Health-Promoting Behaviors among Older African-American Men: Findings from the Healthy Eating Activity Rest Together (HEART) Matters Study - Centennial Ballroom CD
Larrell L. Wilkinson, PhD, MSPH, CHES
Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (Deep South)/RCMAR
University of Alabama at Birmingham

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Impact of Dual-Eligible Special Need Plan Regulations on Care Utilization -
Kim Narain, MD, PhD, MPH
Center for Health Improvement of Minority Elderly (CHIME)/RCMAR
University of California, Los Angeles

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Impact of ACOs on Minority Populations with Dementia and Other Chronic Conditions - Centennial Ballroom CD
Alice Chen, PhD
Minority Aging Health Economics Research Center (USC)/RCMAR
University of Southern California

11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Buffet Lunch - Centennial Terrace, 3rd Floor

11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Directors' Meeting - Illumination
(Closed Meeting; lunch will be served.)

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Waponahki Tribal Health Assessment: A Collaborative Project - Centennial Ballroom CD
Patrik Johansson, PhD
Native Elder Research Center (NERC)/RCMAR
University of Colorado, Denver | Washington State University, Spokane

1:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Works in Progress Presentations
Centennial Ballroom CD,
Artistry & Catalyst

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Concluding Remarks and Evaluations - Centennial Ballroom CD
Carl V. Hill, PhD, MPH