For Academic Partners

CAARN facilitates development of research studies and collaboration with community agencies.  New interventions and programs can be tested through connections to community agencies such as the aging programs in counties and tribes throughout Wisconsin.  Because these programs provide direct services to older adults, we engage their help and support in generating participation in research projects.


CAARN Research Focus Areas:

While CAARN is interested in all facets of healthy aging, we have developed a focus in several key areas that have been identified as playing a major role in the well-being of older people and in the escalating cost of health care: 

  • Falls Prevention
  • Physical Activity and Musculoskeletal Health
  • Dementia
  • Medication Management
  • Mental Health
  • Chronic Disease Managment 

CAARN provides the following services:

  • Education:  CAARN will do training and provide information and resources on academic and community topics related to healthy aging.
  • Partnership Facilitation: CAARN's comunity-based staff act as a liaison and facilitator of the partnership and research process.
  • Resources: CAARN's staff assists with the design and tailoring of behavioral interventions for community settings and with accessing funding and other resources available through the University of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Aging Network.

Funding Opportunities

Steps in becoming an academic partner:

  1. Contact CAARN's Community Research Specialist Shannon Myers with a research interest.
  2. CAARN's CRA will schedule a preliminary meeting to discuss project possibilities, assess interests and barriers, and provide invormation on the Aging Network. 
  3. CRA matches interests, feasibility, and target population with a potential community partner.
  4. Potential partners (academic and community) have an initial meeting facilitated by CAARN staff, and discussions begin as a team.
  5. Funding opportunities discussed. CAARN provides resources and a partnership with UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR).
  6. Project proposal written and submitted.
  7. If funded, pilot project begins.