The mission of UH Center on Aging (COA) is to enhance the well-being of older adults through interdisciplinary and collaborative efforts in research as well as educational programs and service to the community. The Center is a research center focused on applied, translational, and community-engaged research with attention on the diverse populations of Hawaiʻi and the Asia Pacific region.
The University of Hawaii’s Center on Aging and Japan’s Tokyo Institute of Technology in collaboration with PICHTR and KCC will present on the identification, development, and adoption of aging technologies to off-set labor shortages, improve quality care, reduce cost, and improve worker efficiencies to support the growing numbers of older adults.
The Center on Aging and Director Christy Nishita were featured on Honolulu Civil Beat regarding Kūpuna Collective, a program created by the Center on Aging in partnership with the Hawaii Public Health Institute.
The Center on Aging was established in July 1988 by the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents, reporting to the Office of the Senior Vice President and Executive Vice Chancellor, with Anthony Lenzer as the first director. It was later moved to the School of Public Health in 1993, with Larry Koseki as the director, and then to the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work in 2009, led by Colette Browne. In 2012, it was relocated to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research in UH Mānoa, still under Colette Browne’s leadership, and had Christy Nishita as interim director from 2013 to 2016. In 2016, the COA and the Office of Public Health Studies moved to the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. Margaret Perkinson served as director from 2017 to 2020, followed by Victoria Fan as interim director in 2021. Christy Nishita was named as a director in 2022.