Community is at the heart of efforts to improve minority aging research capacity and address health disparities of ethnic and racial minorities through the NIA Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR). This Model demonstrates that each key RCMAR focus, whether it is the generation of new knowledge, development of research tools and applications, translation and dissemination of research findings or research capacity building, is linked to community. The Model is operationalized through the RCMARs’ work by using community-participatory research methods, involving community advisors in mentoring and selecting RCMAR Scholars, anchoring research topics with community needs and priorities, and hosting community events and activities to disseminate findings celebrate RCMAR activities that benefit underserved racial and ethnic populations of older adults.

One purpose of the Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research is to increase awareness of minority aging research. These pages can aid the new researcher who is struggling to find a place to begin, as well as the experienced investigators looking for information, collaboration, job opportunities, and potential students or colleagues. 

The seven funded RCMAR centers of 2012-2017

University of Alabama
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Morehouse School of Medicine
Tuskegee University
Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research

University of California, Davis
Latino Aging Research Resource Center

University of California, Los Angeles
Center for Health Improvement for Minority Elders

University of California, San Francisco
Center for Aging in Diverse Communities

University of Colorado, Denver
University of Washington, Seattle
Native Elder Research Center

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Wayne State University
Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research

University of Southern California