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About Us

Focal Areas


Education & Training

Data

Evidence-based Health Wellness Programs

Health Care

Economics & Policy

Technological Innovations

Over the past five years, we have addressed the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly aging world by serving as a centralized hub for population health and aging. Combined the accomplishments from our predecessor Program on Healthy Aging, we have been successfully engaged in a variety of aging-related research, education, and practice projects at Texas A&M for more than 20 years. Our Center status brought us increased visibility and partnerships and we now have more than 90 affiliates from more than 15 colleges across the university as well as from institutes, agencies, and collaborating partners from community, clinical and corporate settings. Consistent with our mission, we take a life-course approach to improve the lives of Texans and others throughout the nation and world. We strongly believe in our mantra that being Active for Life® is possible for every one, at every age, every day.

With a goal of making healthy aging the new normal, we address the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly aging world by serving as a centralized hub for population health and aging. We are engaged in a variety of aging-related research, education, and practice efforts that are focused on activities that can make an immediate difference in the lives of older adults.  Our Center focal areas have evolved over the last five years but have always focused on social, behavioral, economic, environmental, and technological innovations to positively impact aging individuals, their families, health care professionals and service providers, and communities. Our research, education, and practice activities are highly intertwined with a goal of translating research to practice as well as providing training for the next generation of scholars and practitioners.

With over $28 million of funding attributed to CPHA since 2016, we have engaged in over 35 projects since 2016 and 70 projects since 2001. For example, our local, state and national evaluations of evidence-based programs have documented that chronic disease self-management programs, fall prevention programs, and physical activity programs can improve the triple aims of better health, better health care, and better value. Having learned that to achieve the long-lasting population health and aging gains, programs must be embedded within existing delivery structures, we have developed our C4 (community, clinical, corporate, campus) strategy to maximize scalability and sustainability. We have also explored how policies and environmental strategies can facilitate or impede engagement in healthy lifestyle behaviors. We have expanded our research in the built environment and the role that it plays in healthy aging.  We have been a part of large state-wide initiatives to improve the health of Texans through prevention and outreach, with an emphasis on reducing the burden of diabetes, asthma, and infectious diseases. We have also expanded our research to examine creative solutions and technology to assist the growing numbers of persons living with dementia and their caregivers.

Recently, we have launched some new initiatives that will guide the Center’s future direction. In 2020, we launched our online training site, Enlighten Together, that will host distance our education courses about public health, disease-self management, and socioemotional learning at all ages. With foundation support, we have also funded the Texas Research, Analytics, and Innovations Lab (TRAIL), which is a centralized data repository to advance research, practice, and policy related to population health and aging. This large and valuable data resource will allow us to strategically engage our ~90 CPHA Faculty Affiliates to access the data to fuel grant submissions, publications, and conference presentations.

We invite you to join us on this journey to translate research to practice that can make a difference for maximizing population health and aging.

Mission

Our vision is to continue as a recognized Center of Excellence for promoting population health and successful aging throughout the life-course that will improve the lives of Texans and others throughout the nation and world.

Our key mission is to promote population health and successful aging through innovations in research, education, and practice, that examine clinical, social, behavioral, economic, environmental, and technological solutions linking academic and real-world health care and community settings.

Goals

  • Identify and solve research problems and associated factors affecting the lives of older Americans
  • Test and disseminate best practices on innovative programs and healthy environments for older adults
  • Build coalitions with community, state, and national partners who can help address the needs of older adults
  • Develop interdisciplinary programs of gerontological education and practice