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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Center for Applied Health Research on Aging

Promoting informed decision-making and actions for the best health and well-being.


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CAHRA receives funding to launch new Pepper Center

Northwestern investigators, led by Drs. Michael Wolf and Jeffrey Linder, have been awarded a grant from the National Institute on Aging to establish an Older Americans Independence Center, joining a network of "Pepper Centers" across the US that investigate ways to maintain or restore independence in older adults.

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Thank you

As CAHRA has shifted to working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are so appreciative of our colleagues, research participants, friends, and community members who are out continuing to provide essential services and care. If that is you, thank you.

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Michael Wolf on Breakthroughs Podcast

In mid-March, the early days of Chicago's COVID-19 outbreak, older adults with multiple chronic conditions didn’t think the disease would affect them and reported not changing their behaviors, according to the results of a Northwestern Medicine study. Michael Wolf led this study and explains the results on Feinberg's Breakthroughs Podcast.

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Capturing COVID-19 Attitudes

We spoke with over 600 Chicagoans with multiple risk factors during the week before the Illinois stay-at-home order to capture their attitudes and actions about the coronavirus.

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Our Mission

The Center for Applied Health Research on Aging (CAHRA), a member center of Northwestern's Institute for Public Health and Medicine, is committed to promoting informed decision-making and actions leading to optimal health and well-being among individuals and families over the life span.

Michael Wolf, MA, MPH, PhD, Director, Center for Applied Research on Aging

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Our Research

CAHRA unites faculty across clinical disciplines and from cognitive, behavioral, social and public health sciences toward a common focus on: (1) Investigations of cognitive, psychosocial, community and health system factors that affect a person’s ability to manage health, and (2) The design, pragmatic evaluation and dissemination of effective, equitable, scalable healthcare and public health interventions seeking to influence health-related behaviors and outcomes

Our center includes six key research programs and has a current portfolio of 16 active projects. Read more about our work here:

Research Programs       Active Projects

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