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The Healthier Black Elder Center (HBEC) Participant Resource Pool (PRP)


The HBEC encourages African American men and women age 55 and older, who are interested in helping with noninvasive research projects, to join its Participant Resource Pool. Health disparities still exist between African Americans and other ethnic groups, so more research is needed to determine causes and solutions. A pool of potential participants is critical for this research. Call LaToya Hall at 313-664-2604 for information.


Researchers interested in accessing the Healthier Black Elders Center Participant Resource Pool should read the following:

Application Form

HBEC staff and advisory committee reviewers will notify researchers of their decision about two weeks after receipt of completed forms. Please note: All requests to obtain approval for research involving human participants must have prior approval from the Human Investigation Committee (HIC) Steering Committee.

* Email completed application to: p.lichtenberg@wayne.edu    OR
* Mail completed paper application to:

Dr. Peter Lichtenberg
Director, Institute of Gerontology
87 East Ferry, 226 Knapp Bldg.
Detroit, MI 48202 

We look forward to supporting your research. For more information contact: Dr. Peter Lichtenberg @ p.lichtenberg@wayne.edu

Michigan Center for Urban African American Research (MCUAAAR)

The HBEC is the community liaison core for the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research. MCUAAAR is a collaborative research and administrative effort based on the campuses of Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. It is one of six centers coordinated by the Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) to empirically investigate and reduce health disparities between minority and non-minority older adults. The MCUAAAR is funded by a grant from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health in an effort to:

  • Establish a mechanism for mentoring researchers for careers in research on the health of minority elders
  • Enhance diversity in the professional workforce conducting research on the health of minority elders
  • Develop and deploy strategies for recruiting and retaining minority group members in epidemiological, psychosocial, and/or biomedical research dealing with the health of the elderly

Our research, training and community-based activities are implemented through three interacting components: Community Liaison Core, Investigator Development Core and the Administrative Core. To learn more visit MCUAAAR/HBEC website.