Advancing Health Care for Older Adults From Populations That Experience Health Disparities


This initiative will support innovative research to advance the science and implementation of diagnostic and clinical care guidelines, shared decision-making to enhance care planning and patient agency, and effective strategies for coordinating care for older adults from populations that experience health disparities.

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Description of Initiative

This initiative seeks to stimulate research that addresses health disparities and health care inequities while optimizing the health and well-being of older adults from populations that experience health disparities in the U.S. and U.S. territories. For the purpose of this concept, age 65 years and older is considered the chronologic definition of an older adult.

This initiative will support:

  • Interventions (especially multicomponent, multisectoral, and/or multilevel interventions).
  • Clinical trials (including cluster-randomized trials and pragmatic trials).
  • Quasi-experimental studies.
  • Natural experiments (e.g., impact of policy).
  • Quality improvement studies.
  • Mixed methods research.
  • Simulation modeling.

When appropriate, studies should also meaningfully engage with older adults and their caregivers in research that is guided by principles of self-determination and autonomy.

Page updated April 24, 2023