An Overview of Programs and Initiatives Sponsored by DHHS to Promote Healthy Aging: A Background Paper for the Blueprint on Aging for the 21st Century Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Meeting. TOPIC AREA I: TRANSLATING HEALTH PROMOTION AND DISEASE PREVENTION RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE


This issue focuses on the challenge of translating health promotion and disease prevention research into practice across health professions, health care settings, and community settings. The topic also addresses the issue of how to deliver appropriate health promotion information to disadvantaged subgroups, including minority populations and those with low levels of health literacy. Finally, this topic includes an investigation of activities designed to provide health promotion and disease messages to individuals using a variety of home and community services, including LTC services.

The remainder of this section briefly describes a range of federally funded health promotion and disease prevention programs during the past 10 years, which have focused on translating health promotion research for older adults into practice. Table A provides a list of these programs and their principal sponsors. See Appendix A for specific information on each program.

A review of these programs raises a number of questions for discussion at the TAG meeting, including the following:

  • How effective has DHHS been in translating health promotion/disease prevention research into practice for older adults?

  • Are there gaps in DHHS' approach to translating knowledge about activities that promote healthy aging into practice for older Americans?

  • What are the most promising "translation" approaches to health promotion/disease prevention, and do they need to be modified to be more effective for particular subpopulations among the elderly?

  • What are the most significant barriers to the effective translation of research into practice, both at the health care provider level and the individual level?

  • Are broad social marketing campaigns, similar to the U.S. Surgeon General's campaign against smoking, needed to more fully translate health promotion/disease prevention research into practice?

  • Are there additional activities that DHHS should initiate in the future to help ensure that research findings are translated into practice? Why are these additional activities needed?

TABLE A. Programs Designed to Translate Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research into Practice and Their Sponsors
Programs/Initiatives Primary Sponsors
Healthy Aging Project CMS, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, in collaboration with NIA, AoA, CDC, and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
The National Blueprint: Increasing Physical Activity Among Adults Aged 50 and Older AARP, American College of Sports Medicine, American Geriatrics Society, CDC, NIA, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with contributions from 43 other organizations
HealthierUS Initiative White House initiative launched with the President's Executive Order 13266--Activities to Promote Personal Fitness; A Personal Fitness Interagency Working Group, headed by DHHS, oversees this initiative
Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign CDC and CMS with technical assistance provided by the National Cancer Institute
Prevention Research Centers CDC
Healthy Aging Network (HAN) CDC and seven of the funded Prevention Research Centers
Growing Stronger: Strength Training for Older Adults CDC, in collaboration with Tufts University Center for Physical Fitness
Training and Encouragement for Senior Activity (TESA) Project American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness and the National Senior Games Association
The Older Adults Media Project CDC, in partnership with the American Society on Aging, and the Journalists Exchange on Aging
Spyglass on Aging: Tools for Journalists Covering Seniors CDC
U.S.A. on the Move: Steps to Healthy Aging AoA and the National Policy and Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging at Florida International University
The Aging States Project AoA, CDC, the Association of State and Territorial Chronic Disease Program Directors, and the National Association of State Units on Aging
Behavioral Medicine and Interventions Program NIA
Bilingual/Bicultural Service Demonstration Grant Program DHHS Office of Minority Health
Community Programs to Improve Minority Health Grants Program DHHS Office of Minority Health
Health Disparities in Minority Health Grants Program DHHS Office of Minority Health
Older Americans Act, Title IV Demonstration Projects AoA
Project REACH for the Elderly AoA
Surgeon General's Report on Osteoporosis and Bone Health DHHS Surgeon General's Office
Women Living Long and Living Well (WLLW) Project DHHS Office of Women's Health

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