Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation Opportunities for Community Engagement

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The University of Minnesota Northstar Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) and the Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation (CHAI)

The Minnesota Northstar GWEP (MN GWEP) has strategic partnerships with the University of Minnesota Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation (CHAI), Minnesota Gerontological Society, and the Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging. The partnerships include a shared focus toward diversity, equity, and inclusion. These goals advance community engagement to inform education, offer professional training, and advance health equity for BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and other underserved aging communities by mirroring the five goals of the MN GWEP:

  • Bringing Together Minnesota’s Best Minds in Geriatrics Care and Education
  • Educating Current and Future Health Professionals in Age-Friendly Care
  • Transforming Primary Care Clinics for Age-Friendly Care and Learning
  • Offering Public Education and Support for Families and Direct Care Workers
  • Focusing on Dementia Care, Support, and Safety

Community Partners and Ambassadors

Community partners are individuals representing external stakeholder organizations. Although Community partners are welcome to become involved in all CHAI activities, we envision Community partners will largely liaise with the Equity and Community Engagement Core by generating collaborative ideas, opportunities, and needs that members may be interested in or could address. Community ambassadors are individual community members external to the University of Minnesota that will otherwise have a similar role as community partners in CHAI.

If you are interested in becoming a community partner or ambassador, please email [email protected].


CHAI Equity and Community Engagement Committee

The Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation is committed to advancing health equity by establishing vibrant community, governmental, business, and individual collaborations to promote healthy aging for Minnesotans and people across the country. Community partners can join CHAI’s Equity and Community Engagement (ECE) Committee. The committee shares research, best practices, and innovations to advance health equity.

Interested in the CHAI Equity and Community Engagement Committee? Apply to join online.

CHAI Academic Advisory Council

The Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation Academic Advisory Council (AAC) brings together scholars and thought leaders in research, teaching, and science of aging and health equity. UMN associates (faculty, researcher, staff, postdoctoral fellows, PhD candidates, and alumni) are encouraged to apply. Faculty is inclusive of professor emeritus and retired academics. The council will include external faculty and scholars with expertise in aging services, DEI, cultural community engagement, health equity, and anti-racism research, intervention, programs or policy.

Are you interested in the CHAI Academic Advisory Council? Apply to join online.


Recordings of past MN GWEP/CHAI/MLCOA/MGS events