Center for Health Improvement for Minority Elderly (CHIME)

CHIME is a research and mentoring program that contributes to the reduction in health disparities for minority elders by training and mentorship of minority faculty who will advance their careers through research involving minority elders.

The Center for Health Improvement for Minority Elderly (CHIME) is a collaboration between the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU). Our center focuses on developing, adapting and evaluating interventions to improve the health of minority elders. CHIME has a strong focus on measurement of health among minority elders since reliable, valid, and culturally tailored tools are essential for the evaluation of interventions. We also have a deep grounding in community-partnered research.

Mission & Aims

The UCLA RCMAR Center for Health Improvement of Minority Elderly (CHIME) 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 five 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 new interventions to mitigate health disparities;
  • Contribute to the development, evaluation, and dissemination of measurement tools that track health outcomes or measure social, behavioral & economic predictors of the health of minority elders;
  • Build on a 10+ year track record of 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 minority elders who participate in research and the benefit from research conducted by CHIME and other projects. 

UCLA CHIME Key Personnel

Administrative Core: Carol M. Mangione, Director; O. Kenrik Duru, Co-Director

Investigator Development Core: Alison A. Moore, Director; Keith C. Norris, Co-Director; William C. Cunningham, Co-Director

Analysis Workgroup: Ron D. Hays, Director; Mignon R. Moore, Co-Director

Community Liaison Workgroup: Catherine A. Sarkisian, Director; Gerardo Moreno, Co-Director

RCMAR Scholar
Homero E. del Pino, PhD, MA. is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Charles R.
Career Advancement

Over the past 10 years, CHIME’s RCMAR scholars have advanced their academic careers in the following ways: 6 have advanced to associate professorship with tenure, 3 have advanced from postdoctoral fellowships to assistant professorships, and 1 has been


18 scholars funded in the 2007 to 2011 cycle have published 121 peer-reviewed reports and 74 of these were directly supported by RCMAR/CHIME.

Additional Grants

CHIME’s RCMAR scholars from the 2007 to 2011 cohort have won a total of 60 grants, including 5 diversity supplements, 4 individual K awards, 8 NIH funded R series grants, 2 CDC grants, 7 foundation grants, and others.

Groundbreaking Work

Dr. Obidiugwu Kenrik Duru, a 2010 RCMAR Scholar, developed a promising physical activity intervention titled “Sisters in Motion” that increased regular walking and reduced blood pressure.