Mission of COA

The health and quality of life of older adults is a vital concern in this changing demographic and economic climate. To enhance the well-being of older adults, the University of Hawai‘i Center on Aging is committed to interdisciplinary and collaborative efforts in research, educational programs and service to the community. Most often, our Center’s initiatives focus on the integration of research, education and service with a focus on the multicultural populations of Hawaii and the Pacific Region.


  1. Promote collaborative and interdisciplinary research within the university and with other academic and community partners. Our focus is often on applied, translational, and community-engaged research that serves older adults in our state.
  2. Develop innovative programs of interdisciplinary gerontological education and practice.
  3. Provide state of the art information to policy makers, program managers, clinicians, and the general public.

As an interdisciplinary center, the faculty represent a broad array of disciplines, including Public Health, Medicine, Law, Social Work, Disability Studies, Family Resources, Sociology, Nursing, and others.


The Center consists of several focused research areas that reflect the mission and vision of the Center on Aging:


  • Social and Health Disparity Policy Research
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences, and Related Research from Professional Schools
  • Culture, Diversity and Community Engagement Research
  • Workforce and Educational Models

For further information about the status of the COA, go to the REPORTS page.



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