The Minority Aging Health Economics Research Center (RCMAR), established through a $2.7 million from the National Institutes of Health to the Schaeffer Center, 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.
The program provides infrastructure and resources to increase the academic success of these researchers through mentorship to RCMAR scholars in multidisciplinary training, launching new lines of research, and tracking and evaluating success of pilot investigations.
The Minority Aging and Health Economics Research Center examines the differences across racial and ethnic groups in:
- Healthcare decision making, including medical care utilization and Medicare Part D plan choice
- Health behaviors and outcomes
- Financial behavior including savings and work, and economic wellbeing