The Paula J. Carter Center on Minority Health and Aging (PJCCMHA) was established in 1997. The PJCCMHA is a multiethnic 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.
Missouri ranks 17th in the nation in the percentage of older adults age 65 years or older, according to the 2010 Missouri Census. 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. Visit our Paula J. Carter Center on Minority Health and Aging Newsletters web page here.
- 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 health care 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 health care, nutrition, exercise, transportation, public safety, emergency services, housing, taxation and finance, workforce development, civic engagement/volunteer opportunities and aging/human services. Click below to view our educational series which includes Expert Health Tips, Senior Fall School and Lunch and Learn videos and footage.
- 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; SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital; Office of Minority Health, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS); Missouri Department of Mental Health; Office of the Secretary pf State; and two senior community members to assist in determining annual priorities as they relate to health and aging issues and to provide community-based feedback.
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