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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.

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.

CAHRA unites faculty across clinical disciplines and from cognitive, behavioral, social and public health sciences toward a common focus on:

  • Investigations of cognitive, psychosocial, community and health system factors that affect a person’s ability to manage health
  • The design, pragmatic evaluation and dissemination of effective, equitable, scalable healthcare and public health interventions seeking to influence health-related behaviors and outcomes

“CAHRA is dedicated to fostering collaborations across the Northwestern community and throughout Chicago to stimulate research leading to meaningful improvements in the way our healthcare system proactively engages and supports individuals, and their families, as they get older and face increasing health demands.”

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

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Research Programs

Our center includes six key research programs.

  • Health Literacy & Learning Program (HeLP)
  • Cognitive Aging Program (CAP)
  • Psychosocial Support Program (PSP)
  • Life Course Health Program (LCHP)
  • Treatment Adherence Program (TAP)
  • Measurement & Analysis Program (MAP)
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