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Mission & Purpose

CIHRA’s mission is to advance

  • research that helps solve challenges in aging from the individual to the policy level
  • training in aging principles, critical challenges in aging, and the best transdisciplinary practices and state of the science to manage those challenges
  • local to global education and service through a two-way research and knowledge transfer that helps the university community, its partners, and the communities we serve better understand and address aging issues
  • effective dissemination of ASU’s innovations in aging into diverse settings.
  • CIHRA provides funding to support Faculty, Postdoctoral, and Student Scholars. Please click on the "Get Involved" tab for more information.
  • CIHRA offers two additional opportunities to engage formally with its activities: Becoming CIHRA Affiliates and Becoming CIHRA Faculty Fellows. 

The Center for Innovation in Healthy and Resilient Aging provides the ideal structure to design, build, and sustain a bold, nationally competitive venture in aging

CIHRA was formed from the merger of two ABOR-approved centers housed in CONHI, The Center for Healthy Outcomes in Aging* and The Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence**, and will leverage their existing activities and many accomplishments for its foundation.

  • CIHRA focuses on innovative wellness, strength-based, and resilience- and capacity-building research opportunities that translate into positive change from the level of individuals and families, to organizations and systems, and ultimately to communities and local, national, and global policies.
  • CIHRA capitalizes on ASU’s strengths in aging by fusing academic disciplines, professional practice, technology, and community embeddedness. Its investigators blend expertise in prevention, behavior change, and intervention for midlife and older populations. As health-related researchers join with those in the Arts, Humanities, Design, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Journalism, Law, Engineering, and other disciplines, CIHRA will uncover keys to promote healthy aging.