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Research Databases

Health and Nutrition National Survey, (Encuesta Nacional de Salud y Nutricion): is a national survey from the National System of Health Surveys in Mexico. The database is the fusion of two previous surveys: ENSA 2000 and ENA 1999, health and nutrition surveys. The purpose of ENSANUT is to collect data on health, nutrition, and the health system among Mexicans.

Health and Retirement Study (HRS): is a longitudinal study of health and aging over more than 22,000 Americans over 50 years old. The study is conducted by the University of Michigan and it is available for researchers and analysts.

Health, Well-being, and Aging in Latin American Countries and the Caribbean (SABE), (Salud, Bienestar y Envejecimiento en América Latina y el Caribe): is a cross-sectional survey on health and aging conducted in the following countries: Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico and Uruguay. A version of the data can be consulted at the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA)

Hispanic Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (H-EPESE): is a longitudinal study of elderly Mexican American Health. The recollection of data started on 1993; the focus of the study is on health status and health care needs of Mexican American elderly. A version of the data can be consulted at the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA)

Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS): is prospective panel study of health and aging in Mexico. The baseline survey, with national and urban/rural representation of adults born in 1951 or earlier, was conducted in the summer of 2001 and a follow-up was fielded in the summer of 2003. Current plans are to conduct another two follow-up surveys in 2012 and 2014. A list of publications and research projects related to the MHAS is available here.

National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA): is the largest library of electronic data on aging in the United States. The NACDA was funded by the National Institute on Aging at the University of Michigan. Its main purpose is to acquire and preserve data relevant to aging research.

Resources and Networks

Central American Center of Population, Costa Rica (Centro Centroamericano de Poblacion, CCP) The CCP is a research center at the Universidad de Costa Rica founded in 1993. The center is designed to enhance population research, training and data dissemination. The center has studied aspects of the Central American population, its actual and past demographic profile. A major area of research is aging.

Institute of Aging, Colombia (Instituto de Envejecimiento) The institute is one of the research centers at the Universidad Javeriana, Colombia. Its main purpose is to contribute in multidisciplinary aspects to the care of older adults. Since the elderly population is growing faster in less-developed countries, their need for better care is crucial. The purpose of the institute is to develop tools to provide better care focus and a better quality of life for older adults in Colombia and Latin America. The WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center has established collaborating research with this center mainly in the neurological aspects of aging.
To contact the institute write to: envejecimiento@javeriana.edu.co

National Institute of Geriatrics, Mexico (Instituto Nacional de Geriatria, INGer) The Institute of Geriatrics seeks to contribute to the strengthening of Mexico's National Health System, through research and the education of human resources aimed at the elderly, a segment of the population which is constantly growing. The institute also aims to become a point of reference for various lines of research in cooperation with a number of health and social security institutions, specialized and reference hospitals, and public assistance organisms.

National Institute of Public Health, Mexico (Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica, INSP) The National Institute of Public Health in Mexico (INSP) is dedicated to the research and study of public health issues of Mexico. The institute looks forward to better health practitioners and a health system with access for all to primary care. The INSP is the national institute responsible for national surveys in health. The objective has been to collect consistent, reliable information in health and nutrition at regular intervals.



Kyriakos S. Markides, PhD

Inside UTMB - Markides receives $2.5M for Mexican-American health study
Galveston Daily News, Feb. 10, 2015

Kyriakos Markides, PhD, a professor in the department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health (and an associated researcher in the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center) has received a grant of more than $2.5 million to continue his longitudinal study on aging in Mexican-Americans, begun in 1994. During the course of his research, interviewing the same group of Hispanic Americans, Markides discovered the "Hispanic Paradox." The population studied had fewer resources and access to services than other ethnic groups yet had a better overall state of health. Once the data has been gathered, it will be available through the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging.


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