Center for Aging in Diverse Communities (CADC)

The Center's purpose is to decrease racial disparities in health by focusing on research in disease prevention, health promotion, and disability prevention for African American and Latino elderly.

Mission & Aims of CADC

The mission of the center is to decrease ethnic and racial disparities in health by focusing attention on healthy aging among older minority populations.

The center addresses this mission by serving as a catalyst for investigators conducting research that focuses on African American, Latino and Asian older adults. We provide funding for new pilot studies and mentor minority researchers, thereby increasing the number of researchers dedicated to improving the health of ethnically diverse older adults. We also focus on improving research methods and measures for diverse populations, as well as on the recruitment and retention of minorities in research projects.

The CADC is committed to increasing high quality research focused on the concerns of aging Latinos and African Americans by:

  • Increasing the number of researchers devoted to improving the health of Latino, Asian, and African American elder adults and reducing health disparities
  • Developing and mentoring minority researchers by providing training and support for proposals, pilot studies, and dissemination of research findings
  • Collecting and validating existing measures for research with Latinos, Asians, and African Americans, and developing new measures
  • Recruiting and retaining Latinos and African Americans for clinical research
  • Funding and implementing new pilot studies that advance knowledge on healthy aging, disease, and disability among older African Americans, Asians, and Latinos
  • Disseminating information about interventions to reduce disease and disability and improve the health of older Latino, Asian, and African American adults

CADC Key Personnel

Administractive Core: Leah Karliner, MD MAS, CADC Director; CADC Associate Director, Julene Johnson, PhD; CADC Coordinator Liliana Chacon, BS

Investigator Development Core: Julene Johnson, PhD, Core Leader

Analysis Core: Steve Gregorich, Core Co-Leader & Anita Stewart, Core Co-Leader

Community Liaison Core: Celia Kaplan, Core Co-Leader & Tung Nguyen, Core Co-Leader

RCMAR Scholar
International Collaborations

CADC and Redes en Accion have established a collaborative agreement with “Ventanilla de Salud”, a health program offered by Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, Inc. and the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco.

RCMAR in the News

Drs. Laura Fejerman, Elad Ziv and Eliseo J.


Dr. Rosa Maria Stemberg’s work is highlighted in: The Science of Caring, a Publication from UCSF’s School of Nursing. Read about this important research here.

RCMAR Scholar in the News

Dr. Tung Nguyen spent some time at the White House where Vice President Joe Biden addresses the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Opening Ceremony, at the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., May 6, 2014.

Awards and Accolades

Ysabel Duron, a strong and longtime community research collaborator with CADC, is one of the Purpose Prize winners for 2013. Read more about the story here.