AARP: The AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the empowerment of Americans 50 and older so that they can choose how they live as they age. AARP relies heavily on member feedback to help shape everything from their advocacy positions to volunteer opportunities to new online health tools. They work to develop public policy recommendations that serve the interests of their members.
The Administration for Community Living (ACL): The ACL advocates across the federal government on behalf of older adults, people with disabilities, and family and caregivers. In addition, they fund services and supports - primarily those provided by states and community-based programs - and invest in training, education, research, and innovation.
The Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh provides integrated, comprehensive, and timely access to a full range of services for aged persons and their loved ones. Offering state-of-the-art educational programs for the public and health care professionals, as well as promoting innovative research on aging to understand its causes and concomitants, and how to best intervene in age-related illnesses.
Area Agency on Aging: Within the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) assists Allegheny County Residents 60 years of age and older to live safe, healthy, and whenever possible, independent lives. They provide various services to older adults and their families, including those looking to remain in their homes and those needing skilled care.
The Caregiver Action Network (CAN), previously the National Family Caregivers Association, is working to improve the lives of a broad spectrum of caregivers including those who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or old age.
Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP): CHERP is a VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Innovation whose mission is to advance the quality and equity of health and health care for vulnerable Veterans populations.
Center for Aging and Population Health: Within the University of Pittsburgh, the Center for Aging and Population Health (CAPH) works to develop novel solutions using population-based research to meet the challenges of an aging society. They work to promote healthy aging, longevity, and prevention of disability.
Family Caregiver Alliance: The Family Caregiver Alliance is the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care for loved ones at home. They are a public voice for caregivers, shining a light on the challenges caregivers face daily and promote their cause through education, services, and advocacy.
The Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) at Pitt promotes the development of the health care workforce through preparation and training and increased quality care for older adults through community based programs. GWEP is sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as a 2015 multi-million dollar initiative to improve care for older adults.
Interprofessional Education Exchange Program (i-PEEP): Led by Pitt School of Nursing, i-PEEP engages faculty and graduate students from the Health Sciences, together with community partners, to accelerate students' application of vital interprofessional skills. Funded by the University of Minnesota National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, the program emphasizes social determinants of health, disability prevention, and quality of life among community-dwelling seniors.
National Alliance for Caregiving: The National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) advances family caregiving through research, innovation, and advocacy. Their members include grassroots organizations, professional associations, service organizations, disease-specific organizations, government agencies, and corporations.
Pittsburgh Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center: The Center's goal is to increase scientific knowledge that will lead to better ways to maintain or restore independence to older persons. To do so, the center optimizes balance and mobility and reducing injurious falls through disciplined inquiry and translational research.
Prevention Research Center: Within the Center for Aging and Population Health, the Prevention Research Center (PRC) combines the knowledge and expertise of community members, academic researchers, and public health agencies to address disease prevention in underserved populations. PRC researchers are at the forefront of finding practical solutions to help older adults in our communities enjoy a high quality lifestyle based on strong physical and mental health.
University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR): UCSUR collaborates across disciplines throughout the University on research that improves communities and addresses relevant social, economic, health, and policy issues. They provide research support infrastructure and training, conduct original research, and enhance access to local and national policy-relevant data. They also have a Survey Research Program (SRP) which is available to assist on any or all phases of a survey research project.