Center for Health Promotion and Research (CHPR)
To assist in the University's mission of regional sustainable development, the center focuses on Public Health, which is an important component of sustainable development.
The center strives to understand and explain the social determinants of health, and to collaborate with others to develop strategies for preventing illness, injury, and fatalities, and promoting health. We work with other UMass Lowell centers, institutes, colleges, and departments, along with community-based and advocacy organizations, government, employers, labor unions, environmental and environmental justice organizations, and healthcare provider organizations.
CHPR is based in the UMass Lowell College of Health Sciences and seeks to strengthen the support available for University faculty, staff and students to pursue innovative research and service activities.
The center has two co-directors: Dr. Barbara Mawn (Nursing) and Dr. Craig Slatin (Community Health and Sustainability).
Center for Health and Disease Research - Division of Aging
The mission of the Division of Aging is to promote research in aging and to facilitate collaborative relationships that will advance knowledge related to a diverse aging society.
Dr. Susan Houde is the associate director for the Division of Aging of the Center for Health and Disease Research.
The Division of Aging seeks to:
- Provide an environment for research related to the prevention and treatment of disease, and the promotion of functional independence of older adults.
- To provide opportunities for the education of students and faculty related to disease prevention and treatment, and promotion and maintenance of functional independence in older adults.
- To provide education to members of the Lowell community on disease prevention strategies, as well as strategies to maintain and promote functional independence in older adults.
- To encourage research related to the health and support of family caregivers providing care to functionally impaired older adults in the community for the purpose of enhancing their quality of life and ability to provide informal care.
- To provide education to professionals on issues related to the promotion of functional independence, and the prevention of illness in older adults.
- To foster partnerships between agencies serving the public health and individual health needs of the community of older adults for the purpose of advancing research, service, and education related to aging issues.
- To foster collaborative relationships within the University for the purpose of conducting research and educational programs and seminars related to aging issues.
- To promote scholarly discussions related to policy issues in the field of gerontology.