The Community-Academic Aging Research Network (CAARN), founded in 2010 through NIH-NIA RC4 funding (RC4 AG038175), then expanded in 2019 through NIH-NIA R33 funding (R33 AG061699), brings together academic researchers and community and healthcare partners to conduct pilots, controlled trials, and translational and dissemination research with the aim of improving the health of historically underrepresented older adults throughout the state in alignment with Wisconsin’s Aging Plan, Healthiest WI 2020, and the National Institutes of Health.

Since its inception, CAARN has facilitated 67 funded research projects totaling $35.5 million in extramural and $4.37 million in intramural funding for projects led by 72 investigators and over 150 community partners from 58 counties and 1 tribe. Studies in progress include intervention pilots, randomized trials, and dissemination research.

Areas of Focus

  • Multiple Chronic Conditions

  • Health Disparities

  • Improving Function / Well-Being

  • Caregiver Support

  • Mental Health

  • Assistive Technology

  • Dementia and care

  • Fall Prevention

  • Medication Management

  • Physical Activity, Muscle and Bone Health

  • Communication with Health Care Provider