UTHealth Houston Institute on Aging will be the national leader in innovations, education, and training for healthcare that serves older adults.
Develop a diverse workforce, undertake research, and disseminate innovations that enable older adults to achieve what matters most in their healthcare, health, and lives.
The Institute on Aging goals are aligned with the three UTHealth Houston missions: educate health science professionals; discover and translate advances in the biomedical and behavioral sciences; and model the best practices in clinical care and public health. These measures of our future successes are:
- Accelerate age-friendly innovations and interprofessional training as the lead institution of the U01 funded Southeast Texas Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program.
- National dissemination of data and tools for embedding a frailty index and assessment tools in EHR (with UT Physicians as the case example).
- Promote elder justice by establishing a nationally recognized center for Elder Mistreatment education, prevention, intervention, and training.
- Become the national hub for dissemination of the Patient Priorities Care approach to multimorbidity care of older adults (with Center for Healthy Aging as the case example).
- Achieve top national rankings for geriatrics and gerontology training and research for UTHealth Houston programs.
Specific Aims: Defining a New Aging Paradigm
Geriatrics is about the whole person, including their social setting. Clinicians synthesize vast amounts of data from multiple sources to understand the whole person and meet their unique needs. We envision integration of advanced informatics and machine learning of available data with innovative technological and clinician assessments that generate novel data and meaningful assessments of vulnerabilities among older adults The Institute on Aging will foster interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaborations to integrate expertise in clinical geriatrics with clinical and health services interventions to improve function and health outcomes.