In 2010, the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging (WIHA) received a 3-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a Wisconsin Community-Academic Aging Research Network (CAARN).
CAARN was developed through a partnership between the State of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin, building upon a long history of collaboration to promote aging research at the community level. Wisconsin’s aging network serves as a community partner for CAARN, working with CAARN staff to identify health needs among older adults in Wisconsin and match local aging service providers with academic researchers to forge partnerships for developing innovative, evidence-based, community health education programs and services.
CAARN's areas of focus for research are: falls prevention, physical activity and musculoskeletal health, dementia, medication management, mental health, and chronic disease management. These areas reflect the needs of Wisconsin’s older adults, as stated in the State Aging Plan and State Public Health Plan for 2010 and 2020.
CAARN endeavors to create a sustainable infrastructure resulting in university-community partnerships throughout Wisconsin engaging in clinical and dissemination aging research; robust and responsive training programs and networking venues to support those partnerships; and increased researcher and aging services provider collaboration in aging research, resulting in improvement in the health of older adults in Wisconsin and the nation.
To learn more about healthy aging research in Wisconsin, contact CAARN.