The PAPRN+ Older Adult Working Group is comprised of an interdisciplinary team of researchers and leaders committed to raising awareness of and promoting policies and priorities on active aging through shared research and evaluation. This Working Group is a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Physical Activity Policy Research Network (PAPRN) thematic research network of the Prevention Research Centers (PRC) program.
The mission of the PAPRN+ Older Adult Working Group is to build a network of researchers and leaders from academia, non-profit organizations, government, and other funding agencies to increase the amount and quality of research and evaluation in the area of active aging to support and facilitate the development and implementation of evidence-informed policies and practices.
To inform health policies and practices related to active aging by providing rigorous, policy-relevant research and evaluation.
- Identify gaps in the active aging knowledge base.
- Increase the linkage between existing PAPRN+ infrastructure and other active aging initiatives.
- Recruit members to the working group.
- Develop 1-3 deliverables per year (e.g. project ideas, grant submissions, conference abstracts, publications, research/policy briefs).
- Build evidence to support changes to policies, environments, and practices that will promote active aging.
- Increase funded high-quality research on the impact of policies designed to promote active aging.
- Effect change in national, state, local, and/or tribal policies and practices to encourage active aging.
- Build a network of researchers and leaders with expertise in research and evaluation of policies, environments, and practices related to active aging.
Working Group Co-Chairs
- Anna M. Adachi-Mejia, PhD
Contact Principal Investigator and Director, Dartmouth's Prevention Research Center called the Health Promotion Research Center at Dartmouth (HPRCD)
Associate Professor, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
- Jana Hirsch, MES, PhD
Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
- Katherine Mead, BSN, RN
University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Nursing
Working Group Member Bios
- Click here for a membership list for the Older Adult Working Group.