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

HBEC not only provides resources for today but it lays the foundation for reliable research for tomorrow. The HBEC invites African American men and women aged 55 and older who are interested in noninvasive research to join its pool of partners willing to consider participating in future research projects. 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.

If you are researcher interested in ustilizing the Healthier Black Elders Center (HBEC) Participant Resource Pool (PRP) 

Application Form

After you have completed and returned the formal application form within approximately two weeks, the HBEC staff and Advisory reviewers will notify you of their decision.

Please note: All request to obtain approval for research involving human participants must have prior approval from the Human Investigation Committee (HIC) Steering Committee.

* For email, return completed application to: p.lichtenberg@wayne.edu
* For US mail, return completed application to:

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

Please call us for questions regarding our intro letter. We look forward to supporting the development of 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 liason 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 use this link to visit MCUAAR/HBEC website.

We are deeply grateful to every elder who volunteers to help.