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 Alzheimer’s disease-focused Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (AD-RCMAR).

The focus area of the center is racial and ethnic differences in risk, diagnosis and care for persons living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and opportunities to reduce disparities in prevention and care, and the health and economic consequences for the persons with the disease and their families. The mission of the USC AD-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 AD-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 AD-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 AD-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 AD-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

2020-2021 AD-RCMAR Scholars

  • Portia Y. Cornell, Investigator in the Department of Health Services, Policy, and Practice at the Brown University School of Public Health in Providence, Rhode Island
    Project: Investigator, Department of Health Services, Policy, and Practice, Brown University
  • Mateo Farina, Postdoctoral Scholar, USC Davis School of Gerontology
    Project: Do Biomarkers Improve Cognitive Status Classification? Potential Contributions of MRI Markers in Population-Based Research
  • Adriana Reyes, Assistant Professor of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University
    Project: Caring for Adult’s with Cognitive Decline Across State Policy Contexts

Past USC AD-RCMAR fellows can be found here.

How to Get Involved

There are two ways to get involved with the USC AD-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 AD-RCMAR pilot projects and Schaeffer Center faculty to develop new lines of research on health disparities and aging.

Timeline
Application deadline: 2/26/2021
Start date: Fall 2021 semester

Application Process

Information about applying to be a USC AD-RCMAR scholar is here.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Briana Taylor or call 213-821-7968.