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

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Pepper Cener Rnds

Pepper Center Rounds

Join the Northwestern Pepper Center and the Claude D. Pepper OAIC on September 15, 2023, at 12 p.m. as Dr. Wolf presents: "Cognitive Epidemiological Investigations to Inform Health System Strategies for the Prevention-Detection-Management of Later Life Functional Decline." Register

Annncing he 2023 Pepper Schlar

Announcing the 2023 Pepper Scholar

The Northwestern Pepper Center is excited to announce our 2023 Pepper Scholar! Congratulations, Diana A Chirinos, PhD, Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology)

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Graduates - 2021 Scholar Cohort

Congratulations to the graduating scholars from the 2021 Pepper Scholars Cohort

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, PhD, MPH, MA, 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 18 active projects. Read more about our work here:

Research Programs       Active Projects

Your support takes our research further.