Photo: Hawaiian EldersHistory

The UH Center on Aging (COA) was established in 1988 under the Vice President for Academic Affairs. In addition to conducting interdisciplinary research and service, the COA offered the Undergraduate Certificate in Aging and the Advanced Certificate in Gerontology. More than 120 individuals earned certificates in aging/ gerontology through 2007. In 2008, the COA was transferred to the Office of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR), and this office has since supported a half-time director to continue the COA extramurally funded research program. The Barbara Cox Anthony Endowment for the Center on Aging, will be the catalyst for COA’s growth in research, education, and service initiatives.


The mission of COA is to enhance the well-being of older adults through interdisciplinary and collaborative efforts in research, educational programs and service to the community. Its focus is often on applied, translational and community engaged research with attention on the multicultural populations of Hawai’i and the Asia Pacific Region. The COA works to:

  • Promote collaborative and interdisciplinary research within the university and other academic and community partners.
  • Develop innovative programs of interdisciplinary gerontological education and practice
  • Provide state-of-the art information to policy makers, program managers, clinicians and the general public.

Learn more about the COA Mission

Areas of Interest

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

  • Health Services & Policy Research
  • Social and Health Disparities
  • Culture, Diversity and Community Engagement Research
  • Workforce and Educational Models

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