While New Jersey may rank among the top for wealth, the state fares much worse in health-related rankings. The state places 50th for hospital admissions, 34th for preventable hospitalizations, and 48th in primary care providers to populations. Older adults are disproportionately affected by these outcomes. According to the 2017 US Census, 19.5 percent of the state’s population—more than 1.35 million—are considered older adults.
This statistic indicates that one-fifth of the state’s population is at risk of receiving inadequate health care. Rutgers’ aging experts are spread across campuses and disciplines, limiting knowledge transfer or combined efforts. By establishing the Center for Healthy Aging, Rutgers will have a collaborative, multidisciplinary network to help shape policies and positively impact population health both in New Jersey and throughout the nation.
Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, in close collaboration with New York University, is leading the Rutgers-NYU Center for Asian Health Promotion and Equity (CAHPE). The center will serve as a regional hub for researchers to conduct studies on cardiometabolic disease and mental health issues in Asians throughout the New Jersey-New York area.
The Rutgers-NYU Center for Asian Health Promotion and Equity will have the following aims:
To ignite interdisciplinary and translational aging research initiatives, contribute to interprofessional geriatrics education, and enhance the quality of person-centered care
Connect the disconnected, Integrate knowledge, Transcend traditional boundaries, and Extend opportunities to others through education and dissemination
Research Priorities :
Critical mass of interdisciplinary researchers, clinicians, and educators at Rutgers are working in areas of: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia; HIV and Aging; Mobility and Rehabilitation (including falls prevention and post-stroke therapies); Nutrition and Oral Health; Osteoporosis and Bone Health; Palliative and End-of-Life Care; Primary/Preventive Care and Payment Models
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