Research Focus Areas
Multiple Chronic Conditions
Improving Function / Well-Being
Physical Activity, Muscle and Bone Health
Communication with Health Care Provider
Completed Research Projects
Projects that have been developed and tested with CAARN’s support and have been proven to be effective (ie. evidence-based) and are now being disseminated broadly.
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An intervention designed to help older people overcome barriers to good nutrition
Academic Partners: Gretebeck, Gretebeck
Community Partners: ADRC of Barron County; Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources (GWAAR)
Brain Health Intervention
A behavior change intervention to help older adults reduce risk factors for cognitive decline
Academic Partners: Bratzke
Community Partners: Winnebago County Public Health
Heart-Related Multiple Chronic Conditions in Primary Care: Behavioral Technology
Looking at the impact of behavioral technology on chronic conditions.
Academic Partners: Gustafson
HOPE: Healthy Outcomes through Peer Educators
A lifestyle change program to reduce the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes in mothers, grandmothers, and their (grand)children.
Academic Partners: Vivian
Community Partners: UniteMKE, Mt Zion Baptist Church, Grandmothers Raising Their Children’s Children
MIRACLE- Mitigating Racism through Community-Led Education
A community-based hypertension management intervention using Community Health Workers (CHW) engagement to reduce the impact of racial discrimination on the physical and mental wellbeing of Blacks and other groups of color.
Academic Partners: Vivian, Ehrenthal
Community Partners: UniteMKE
Mitigating COVID-19 and Diabetes Disparities in Blacks and Hispanics: Evaluating the Benefits of Pharmacists, Community Health Workers, and Peer Leaders
To determine if adding community health worker support or peer leader support to pharmacist medication management will improve blood glycemic control, medication adherence and COVID-19 knowledge, attitudes and practices compared to pharmacist medication therapy management alone.
Academic Partners: Shiyanbola, Ellis
Community Partners: United Community Center Milwaukee, Serving Older Adults of Southeast Wisconsin, New Testament Central City Church, Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church
Pain Management Using Smart Devices
Using Smart Devices to Implement an Evidence-based eHealth System for Older Adults
Academic Partners: Gustafson, Mares
Improving diabetes medication adherence and diabetes self-management among African Americans. An intervention that adapts the Healthy Living with Diabetes (HLWD) program for African American Communities by incorporating Peer Leader education. In addition to the current diabetes self-management topics covered in HLWD group sessions, the adapted program will include group discussions regarding beliefs about medicines and diabetes and provider communication/mistrust, as well as one-on-one phone-based peer support from an African American with Type 2 diabetes who can positively model medication use and discuss culturally specific self-management topics.
Academic Partners: Shiyanbola
Community Partners: UniteWI, Serving Older Adults of Southeast Wisconsin, Mt Zion Baptist Church, Ebenezer Ministry & Family Worship Center, The Guest House (of Milwaukee), True Love Church, Rebalanced Life Wellness Association, Second Baptist Church, Gee’s Clippers Barber and Beauty Salon
A Spanish version of the Stepping On falls reduction program
Academic Partners: Mahoney and Mora Pinzon
Community Partners: United Community Center Milwaukee, Centro Hispano, North/Eastside Senior Coalition (NESCO), Hispanic Health Resource Center (HHRC) at ProHealth Care, Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance,
Promoting Later Life Mental Health: A Community-Based Approach
(Prev Lighten Up) A group-based wellness program for older adults, using positive journaling to increase well-being (decrease depression and improve mental health)
Academic Partners: Ryff, Mahoney, Friedman, Barrett
Community Partners: ADRC of Kenosha County, ADRC of Brown County, Rock County Council on Aging, ADRC of Central Wisconsin, Milwaukee County Dept of Aging, Hayward Senior Resource Center
Riding in the Moment
An equine-assisted activity program to enhance the quality of life for individuals with dementia
Academic Partners: Fields
Community Partners: Three Gaits, Inc., BEAMING, Inc., Hearts & Horses, Aging and Disability Resource Center of Winnebago County, and Stoughton Senior Center
Stand Up and Move More (SUMM)
A sedentary behavior reduction program which educates older adults to stand more often and for longer duration throughout the day.
Academic Partners: Koltyn
Community Partners: Rock County Council on Aging, Vilas County Commission on Aging, ADRC of Southwest WI (Iowa County), North/Eastside Senior Coalition (NESCO), ADRC of Adams, Green Lake, Marquette, and Waushara Counties
Stepping Online (KOSO)
Keep On Stepping On: An online intervention to improve adherence and maintenance of fall-preventing behaviors in older adults following completion of the Stepping On falls prevention program development and pilot study.
Academic Partners: Mahoney
Community Partners: ADRC of Adams, Green Lake, and Waushara, Dane County Area Agency on Aging, Milwaukee County Dept. of Aging, Rock County Council on Aging
Working with mildly cognitively impaired veterans to promote fall-preventing activities.
Academic Partners: Fischer
Community Partners: Green Bay VA
Testing a virtual adaptation for multicultural communities.
Academic Partners: Columna
Community Partners: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension
Tai Chi Prime for Multi-Cultural Communities
An adapted version of Tai chi Prime to be non-verbal being tested with the African American, Hispanic, and Native American populations.
Academic Partners: Hallisy, Chewning, Wesson
Community Partners: CORE El Centro, UniteWI, and Gerald L Ignace Indian Health Center, Walker’s Point, Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers
An phone call intervention designed to engage older adults, increase their sense of purpose, and reduce loneliness.
Academic Partners: Basting
Community Partners: ADRC of Central Wisconsin, ADRC of Brown County, Hmong American Center
Interested in one of these projects? Interested in starting a new project? Contact a Community Research Associate!