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(These studies have been approved by the CAB at the Healthier Black Elders Center in Detroit) 


If you would like more information on any of these studies, feel free to contact Vanessa Rorai at or (313) 664-2604 or CLICK HERE to JOIN THE PARTICIPANT RESEARCH POOL:



WALLET Study: 

There is a concern that people who experience a decline in memory or thinking skills may unknowingly also experience a decline in taking care of their finances. This study will review participants’ financial information and administer some psychological and cognitive tests to better understand this potential link. 

Researcher/Staff: Vanessa Rorai


Experiences of Belonging: Assessing Vulnerabilities of Older Detroiters Within Changing Urban Environments

The goal of this proposed project is to advance knowledge of the impact of changing environments on older adults, including climate change, and current changes in the environment such as local and state water concerns and other environmental justice concerns, particularly relating to senior housing. (Researcher: Dr. Tam Perry) 


Preferences for Couple-Based Smoking Cessation Interventions Among Smoker Couples

This online survey study aims to generate and  test a valid methodology, discrete choice experiment (DCE), to determine smokers’ and their partners’ preferences for the format, content, and partner support of a couple-based smoking cessation intervention using 40 single-smoker couples (one partner smokes) and 40 dual-smoker couples (both partners smoke).



Bridge the Gap Between Patient and Provider Perceptions of Disease Self-Management Challenges — Looking for individuals aged 65 and older that have at least 2 chronic health conditions. During a series of focus groups, participants will be asked to write their personally meaningful story of the most significant challenges they have faced as they self-managed their chronic condition. 


The HealthyLifetime Program

Researchers from the University of Michigan School of Nursing are evaluating the benefit of a new 8-week nurse health coaching program for adults aged 50 and older with chronic health conditions. 


Shared Decision-Making and Colorectal Cancer Screening Behaviors

This study is conducting telephone interviews to understand informational needs and beliefs about colorectal cancer screening. Participants will review existing health literature to provide feedback. Must be between the ages of 75 and 85. 





The Impact of Sociocultural Factors on Relationship Quality for African American Couples

African-Americans have higher never-married and divorce rates, greater complaints of negative partner behavior, and lower relationship quality. This study’s aims were to examine the impact of specific socio-cultural factors, namely internalized racism, television media consumption, and neighborhood factors on relationship quality on African-American couples. 

Researcher: Dr. Kiara Wesley, Rutgers University, VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System


Promoting Physical Activity for Chronic Pain Management Among Older Adults  in Detroit

This study collected primary data regarding wearable monitor use by older adults in Detroit to inform the subsequent design of a community-based pain self-management intervention. Investigators tested the feasibility and validity of alternative strategies for reporting daily step count data and measured changes in self-reporting functioning. 

Researcher: Dr. Mary Janevic, University of Michigan


Unleashing the Potential of Home Care Workers in Improving Mental Health of Older African Americans

This study’s aims were to identify current depression practices, knowledge and attitudes, and willingness to deliver depression intervention among home care workers serving older African Americans, and to assess the current and desired role of home care workers in addressing client’s emotional needs from the perspectives of older African Americans receiving home care.

Researcher: Dr. Xiaoling Xiang, University of Michigan



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