Research Projects

Project Summary
This project is part of the extension of the successful Conference Series on Aging in the Americas that will build on high-quality work at previous meetings while addressing a new theme that is a priority for the national health agenda.
Project Description
This subaward project will involve planning one of the next three installments of the Conference Series on Aging in Americas, specifically the 2017 event at the University of Southern California. Tasks include commissioning papers and inviting keynote speakers from sociology, psychology, demography, social policy, medicine, and economics to address two major goals. First, the series will provide a vehicle for reviewing and analyzing contemporary social research on place—the major dimensions of which are physical, cultural, and economic—as it relates to supporting the health of aging Latinos. Second, it will further the development of emerging scholars through increased exposure to this body of knowledge, developing their individual research and career mentoring. This will be accomplished by bringing together leading scholars in the field of Hispanic health and aging in the United States, Mexico, and Latin America. Scholars will examine (1) evidence of how area (place) affects the health and mental health, general functioning, disability, and mortality of Latino older adults and (2) variation in area-level effects on their health, mental health, and functioning in the context of other major social (structural) determinants and potential confounders such as income, education, occupation, health care access, housing, employment, public safety, social engagement, food security, community-based resources, and household composition and social support. The ultimate objective is two-fold. First, the series will foster high-quality published scholarship and transnational research on place such as local and regional effects on health and functioning of Latinos older adults consistent with Aims 1 and 2, including identification of key conceptual frameworks, comparative approaches, and methodological issues. Second, it will increase the ability of emerging scholars to conduct social research on aging that has relevance for health policy and program development and implementation. In addition to overseeing the 2017 event at the University of Southern California, Dr. Vega will serve as a co-investigator for the broader grant supporting the three-event conference series, which features meetings at the University of Texas at Austin (2016) and the University of Arizona (2018).
Funding Source
National Institutes of Health via University of Texas at Austin
Principal Investigators
William Vega
Research Period
June 1, 2016 May 31, 2017
Total Award Amount
$40,000