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Welcome to the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centerto the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center

Our collaborating center fosters research to improve the health of Hispanic older populations by establishing collaborations with institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Center is also committed to training scholars with a cross-cultural, multidisciplinary perspective.

Collaborating centers are designated by the World Health Organization (WHO)'s 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. UTMB Center Members are leaders in providing technical expertise to Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) member countries through population data, proven best-practice tools, and research collaborations.

Currently, only a few  WHO Collaborating Centers focus on research and training in aging/geriatrics. We are unique in that we focus on Latin American and population-based research. With the renewal of our collaborating center, we join the PAHO in the global initiative to conduct activities under the Universal Decade of Healthy Aging plan. 

Contact Us

World Health Organization / Pan American Health Organization (WHO/PAHO) Collaborating Center on Aging and Health
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-0177
P: (409) 747-0008

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The Mexican Health and Aging Study

Rebeca Wong, PhD directs the World Health Organization / Pan American Health Organization (WHO/PAHO) Collaborating Center on Aging and Health. She continues to foster research on population aging in particular in Mexico and Latin America. Dr. Wong is also the Principal Investigator of the Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS). Find recent publications from the MHAS below:

Aging in Mexico: MHAS Publications