Improving the Health and Care of an Aging Population

Older Adults

Adults aged 65 years or older will soon comprise 20% of the US population, accounting for nearly one-third of the more than $3 trillion spent on healthcare in the US annually. This demographic transition is driving changes in health needs, systems of care, and the resources required to provide that care. The major challenge we face is to improve the health and care of our older population while reducing the costs of providing that care.


The School of Public Health is poised to have a major impact on the care of older adults. Its Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research is nationally and internationally renowned for its ground-breaking research in health services, aging, and chronic disease. The School’s capacity for impact in this area is magnified as it engages future generations of researchers and policy leaders, as well as the greater health care community.


Establish a Living Laboratory

Develop new partnerships with nursing homes that can serve as living laboratories for School of Public Health faculty, students, and postdocs investigating medication management strategies such as de-prescribing initiatives.

Bolster Big Data

Target investments to develop highly secure, flexible data systems that will allow for inclusion of new data sources, including streaming health insurance and pharmacy data.

Expand Training

Add to the cadre of leaders in elder care by designing specific master’s, doctoral, and postdoctoral programs in implementation science.

Maximize Program Effectiveness

Create national and international consortiums of health care systems to test the effectiveness of programs designed to meet the needs of frail elderly populations.

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