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This website has information about a national initiative to strengthen capacity among Villages and researchers to design research on how to optimize Villages for healthy aging. It also has information about how Village members and leaders from across the United States can get involved.

Background on Villages and This Project

Villages are “community-based, nonprofit, grassroots organizations formed through a cadre of caring neighbors who want to change the paradigm of aging” (Village to Village Network). As membership organizations, Villages are typically governed by community residents themselves and provide older adults with services, social connections, and other events. Areas addressed include transportation, nutrition, technology, home maintenance, friendly visiting, healthcare advocacy, and more. Villages facilitate this support largely through neighbors-helping-neighbors volunteer arrangements, with some supplemental support from paid staff and referrals to formal providers. 

This project is a critical step to connect Village stakeholders and researchers to design future healthy aging research for and with Village members. The project is especially oriented to the design of PCOR/CER, a specific type of research that involves comparing the relative effectiveness of interventions that promote health outcomes of greatest importance to the people participating in the research. For an official summary about the project, visit this page of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

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Project Components

Zoom discussion groups with Village members & leaders
Villages Healthy Aging Research Ambassadors Group
Virtual summits with Village members & leaders
Project communication

Project Leadership Team

Our team is a collaboration among Villagers and researchers. It is led in partnership by three organizations:​

Green and plus logo for the Village to Village Network
Red rutgers logo for the Rutgers Hub for Aging Collaboration
Purple and white logo for the Rand Corporation

For more information, visit Project Team.

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