In 1997, the National Institute on Aging/National Institutes
of Health established the Resource Centers for Minority Aging
Research (RCMAR) initiative as part of the effort to reduce
health disparities between minority and non-minority older
adults. The RCMAR mission is to decrease these disparities
A central coordinating center provides logistical support
to the RCMAR centers, facilitates communication and collaboration,
and oversees dissemination activities designed to reach the
larger research and health professional communities, public
policy makers, and consumers. The coordinating center is also
the national clearinghouse for measurement tools, instruments,
publications, community activity, pilot research, and other
resources developed by RCMAR investigators.
- Increasing the number of researchers who focus on the
health of minority elders.
- Enhancing the diversity in the professional workforce
by mentoring minority academic researchers for careers in
minority elders health research.
- Improving recruitment and retention methods used to enlist
minority elders in studies so that research can accurately
identify and work toward solutions to health disparities.
- Creating culturally sensitive health measures that assess
the health status of minority elders with greater precision,
and increase the effectiveness of interventions designed
to improve their health and well-being.