About The Minority Aging Health Economics Research Center

Minority Aging Health Economics Research Center 

About the Project

The Minority Aging Health Economics Research Center at USC was established through funding from the National Institutes of Health and aims to increase the number, diversity and academic success of junior faculty focusing their research on the health and economic wellbeing of minority elderly populations. It is part of a network of NIH-funded Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR). The mission of the USC-RCMAR is to provide infrastructure and resources to support the academic success of underrepresented minority researchers and to increase the number and diversity of researchers in aging. Research coming out of the project is highlighted here.

The Schaeffer Center RCMAR program launched in 2012 and is one of 18 programs throughout the country. Leading health economists, clinicians, aging researchers, other social scientists, survey methodologists, and computer scientists collaborate as part of the RCMAR projects to promote new lines of research and increase the number and diversity and academic success of researchers focusing on the health and economic well being of diverse older adults. It is directed by Dana Goldman and Julie Zissimopoulos. In addition, USC RCMAR leaders include Emma Aguila, Maria Aranda, Ricardo Davila-Basurto, Helena Chui, Eileen Crimmins, Jason Doctor, and Arie Kapetyn.

As a national program that supports the careers of diverse socio-behavioral and biomedical researchers, in a letter dated June 8, 2020, 30 RCMAR directors from across the country acknowledged the historical, institutional, and systemic racism in our country.

Goals of the Project

  • To support research careers in health and economics addressing disparities in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
  • To solicit competitive nationwide pilot studies.
  • To mentor minority junior faculty in multidisciplinary training.
  • To develop new lines of research.

Collaborating Centers

  • USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics
  • USC Roybal Center for Health Policy Simulation
  • USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging
  • Roybal Center for Financial Decision Making and Financial Independence in Old Age
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
  • USC/UCLA Center on Biodemography and Population Health

2019-2020 RCMAR Scholars

  • Nasim Ferdows, Postdoctoral Research Associate, USC Roybal Institute on Aging; Research Fellow, Center for Hispanic Health, White Memorial Hospital
    Project: Supply of primary care professionals and the rural-urban disparity in prevalence of dementia and CIND
  • Alberto Ortega, Assistant Professor, Indiana University
    Project: Expanding autonomy: Nurse practitioners, physician assistants, substance use, and mental health
  • Liisa T. Laine, Postdoctoral Fellow and Associate Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
    Project: Direct effects and spillovers of monopoly power: Evidence from the long-term care market

Past USC-RCMAR fellows can be found here.

How to Get Involved

There are two ways to get involved with the USC-RCMAR project:

  • Pilots: Pilot projects are led by junior scholars conducting research on aging in underrepresented populations. Pilot projects exploring aspects of cognitive decline are given special interest.
  • Visiting Fellows: Visiting Fellows are senior scholars looking to collaborate with USC-RCMAR pilot projects and Schaeffer Center faculty to develop new lines of research on health disparities and aging.

Request for Letters of Intent and Research Proposal

Application deadline: 2/24/2020
Start date: Fall 2020 semester

For additional information about the program, including the application process, please contact Briana Taylor or call 213-821-7968.