Center on Aging

Mission

The mission of 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 focussed on applied, translational, and community engaged research with attention on the diverse populations of Hawaiʻi and the Asia Pacific region.

History of the Center on Aging

  • Established in July 1988 by the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents as a free-standing unit, reporting to the Office of the Senior Vice President and Executive Vice Chancellor, with the first COA director, Anthony Lenzer
  • Moved organizationally to the School of Public Health in 1993 with Larry Koseki as COA director, followed by Kathryn Braun as COA director Aging from 1995 to 2009
  • Moved to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) in UH Mānoa when the School of Public Health reorganized and moved to the John A. Burns School of Medicine in 2000
  • Moved to the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work in 2009 with Colette Browne as COA director and again moved back to OVCR in 2012
  • Christy Nishita served as COA interim director from 2013 to 2016
  • Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work is consolidated with the Department of Social Work and Office of Public Health Studies in 2016, and Margaret Perkinson is appointed COA director
  • Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health announces a new name in 2021 and Victoria Fan as COA interim director

To enhance the well-being of older adults through interdisciplinary and collaborative efforts in research, educational programs, and service to the community

Contact

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Gartley Hall
2430 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822

The University of Hawaiʻi is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution

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