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Virtual Summits to Learn, Share, and Collaborate on Healthy Aging Research with Villages

Updated: May 7

A series of six virtual meetings will take place this summer to spur national conversation on healthy aging research with Villages. Each meeting will engage Villages in different geographic regions of the county to explore critical questions facing Villages as they look to demonstrate their outcomes, cultivate partnerships with researchers, and grow their Movement in the coming years. 

As part of the broader project "Engaging Villages as Key Partners for Healthy Aging Research," the summits are hosted by the Rutgers University Hub for Aging Collaboration and Village to Village Network, in partnership with the RAND Corporation as well as the Villages Healthy Aging Research Ambassadors group. This group consists of over a dozen Village champions and leaders from across the U.S., who have been meeting regularly since February of 2024 to design and prepare for the summits.

At the 90-minute virtual summits, participants will connect with other Village members and leaders through mini-presentations and facilitated discussions. Each of the six summits corresponds to a broad geographic region in the U.S. (see below). While the content will be the same across the summits, the interactive discussions will be tailored to each region. 

The summits will provide a high-level overview of key findings from a recent report titled, “Insights on Developing Research Capacity for Healthy Aging with Villages,” alongside interactive activities and discussion. Example topics at the virtual summits include: 

  • What “healthy aging” means to Village participants, and why it matters

  • How villages promote healthy aging among their members, including sharing what your Village is doing to promote healthy aging

  • Overcoming challenges and seizing opportunities for Villages to participate in healthy aging research

  • The importance of research in advancing the Village Movement and the potential for Villages to advance the science of healthy aging in community

  • And more!

The virtual summits are open to anyone affiliated with a Village or the Village Movement in any capacity, including members, volunteers, professionals, officers, partners, and others. Villages at any stage of development are invited to attend regardless of their affiliation with a formal network of Villages (e.g., Village to Village Network, Village Movement California, Washington Area Villages Exchange, etc.).

By attending a virtual summit, participants will come away with a deeper understanding of how healthy aging research can be an important tool for their Village and the broader Village Movement. We will use the insights generated from this series to strengthen the foundation for future healthy aging research with Villages.


We encourage people to attend the one summit that most closely aligns with their geographic location. If they are unable to attend the summit for their region, they are welcome to select an alternative summit to attend. 

Northwest Plus, June 25 at 10-11:30 AM PT. Register here.

Designed for people in: Oregon, Washington, Montana, Hawaii, British Columbia, and Alaska

California, June 27 at 10-11:30 AM PT. Register here.

Designed for people in: California

WAVE Plus, July 09 at 10-11:30 AM ET. Register here.

Designed for people in: Maryland, Virginia, DC, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia

Northeast Plus, July 16 at 10-11:30 AM ET. Register here.

Designed for people in: Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey

Multi-Region Summit, July 11 at AM-12:30 PM CT. Register here.

Designed for people in: Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Ohio, Arizona, Australia, Ontario

Southeast Plus, July 31 at 2-3:30 PM ET. Register here.

Designed for people in: Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Mississippi

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