The Paula J. Carter Center on Minority Health and Aging (PJCCMHA) was established in 1997. The PJCCMHA is a multi-ethnic community outreach, education and public policy center administered by Lincoln University Cooperative Extension (LUCE). The primary purpose of the center is to improve the quality of life for Missouri's aging minority population by reducing disparities and inequities in access to health-related care, literacy and behavior.
Our Mission is to provide leadership in addressing the health, social and psychological needs of Missouri's 50 and older minorities and the underserved population. This is accomplished through education, research-based information, policy analysis and the use of technology as strategic tools.
Gerontology - Minority Health and Aging Missouri ranks seventh in the nation in the percentage of older adults comprising the total population, according to the 1990 Missouri Census. In addition, research shows that older minorities have poorer standards of living and less access to professional health care than their white counterparts. As such, PJCCMHA was created in conjunction with several state agencies to
provide education, training and research information on minority health and aging;
provide technical assistance on minority aging issues and disseminate relevant information to Missouri audiences;
develop innovative community-based demonstration programs that enhance the quality of life for Missouri's minority elders.
The Center works to reduce disparities through the development of culturally and educationally appropriate programs provided through community outreach. Here are some of our programs:
- The Health and Resource Information Service provides information on disease symptoms, management, prevention and healthy lifestyles, exercise, nutrition, and community resources.
- The Missouri Institute on Minority Aging (MIMA) is a forum to address health issues and provide solutions applicable to underserved senior citizens of Missouri. MIMA includes educational presentations, which cover a variety of topics including chronic disease self-management, strategies for the delivery of healthcare information and programs and current research and data on health issues impacting older, underserved individuals.
- The Lunch and Learn Series promotes the practice of healthy decision-making. It provides best practices for communities to consider as their population ages including the dissemination of information on federal, state and community resources. The series includes topics on: healthcare, nutrition, exercise, transportation, public safety, emergency services, housing, taxation and finance, workforce development, civic engagement/volunteer opportunities and aging/human services.
- Medicare Part D Enrollment Program conducts the Medicare Prescription Drug Enrollment program for minority and disadvantaged older adults. It provides assistance in comparing Medicare Part D coverage, and/or enrollment in Medicare Part D program. It is inclusive of information on Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance), Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance), Medicare Part C (Managed Care Plans) and Part D.
- Technology Advocacy promotes the use of technology as a strategic tool for delivering information and services to our audience through conferencing capabilities. The Center has the ability to provide two-way audio and visual teleconferencing for distance learning and training programs via LUCE.
- PJCCMHA Advisory Board - The Center has an established advisory board that consists of the following: Primaris/CLAIM; University of Missouri; St. Mary's Health Center; Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Office of Minority Health (DHSS); Missouri Department of Mental Health; Jefferson City Police Department, DHSS-Division of Senior & Disabilities Services; a Missouri Representative; and two community members to assist on determining annual priorities as it relates to health and aging issues; and to provide community-based feedback.