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The mission of the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center is to foster research to improve the health of older populations in Latin America and the Caribbean. This is possible by establishing collaborations with institutions in Latin America. The work of the Center is also committed to training scholars with a cross-cultural, multidisciplinary perspective.


What is a WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center on Aging and Health?

Collaborating centers are designated by the WHO Director-General to carry out activities in support of the WHO's programs. Our center plays an essential role in research and clinical training in public health, geriatrics, and gerontology. Members of the Center at UTMB are leaders in providing technical expertise to PAHO member countries so they can attain the maximum level of equity in access and quality of health services for older people in the Americas.

Currently, there are 10 WHO Collaborating Centers that focus on research and training in aging/geriatrics. We are one of only three in the United States, and we are unique in that we focus on Latin American and Hispanic populations, and population-based research.

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WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center on Aging and Health
Supported by the UTMB Sealy Center on Aging
301 University Blvd. Galveston, TX 77555-0177 Phone: (409) 747-0008


Dr. Rebeca Wong
August 2015: Congratulations to WHO/PAHO Director Dr. Wong on receipt of NIA Grant for Mexican Cognitive Aging Ancillary Study

The project applies an in-depth assessment of cognitive impairment to a sub-sample of the MHAS cohort in Mexico in 2016, to estimate dementia prevalence in the population of older adults in Mexico. There will be similar assessments that will be applied in harmonization across several countries.


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