Community Centered Research and Resources
Our research team specializes in aging services and community-based support and has a long history of helping organizations and communities to make data driven decisions about how to better serve and support older adults. We specialize in developing tools and metrics for program planning, implementation, evaluation, and resource allocation. Analysis of activities, outputs, and impacts can help monitor and document progress and assess effectiveness. We involve our partners at each stage of product development through an engaged process to ensure that the results will be relevant and actionable. We have worked with governmental and community-based organizations, aging service providers, and others in the aging network, whether through consultation or collaboration, so that they can get the information they need to make sound decisions. Learn more about our expertise and partners below, which includes:
Logic models, program evaluation, questionaire development, secondary data analysis
Maps, infographics, presentations
Focus groups, individual interviews, survey instruments
Policy analysis, white papers
Community based organizations, foundations, and service providers we have worked with include:
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Tools to enhance interactions with older adults
Communication 101: Guidelines for Improving Interactions with Older Adults
Outreach & Engagement: Strategies for Connecting with Older Adults
Technology Support for Older Users: Video Tutorials
Caregiver Resources: Caregiver Connection: eStories & Resources for People Who Care
Publications & Reports
Leach, C., Novak, J., Jankowski, T., Lapan, P., & Pierce, S. Considering communication infrastructure disintegration in old age: A community-based participatory understanding of (dis)connects with community health-enhancing resources and possibilities for improvement. Journal of Health Communication (Under review).
Leach, C., Schroeck, N., Blessman, J., Rorai, V., Cooper-Sargent, M., Lichtenberg, P. & Trentacosta, C. (2021). Engaged communication of environmental health science: Processes and outcomes of urban academic-community partnerships. Applied Environmental Education & Communication. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/1533015X.2021.1930609
Jankowski, T. & Leach, C. (2020). UP-SCAN Evaluation Summary. Report for Elder Law of Michigan., 113 pgs.
Leach, C. & Novak. J. (2019). Examining community-based service disconnects in late old age: Paths for reach through the communication ecology. [Abstract]. Innovation in Aging, vol. 3,Suppl 1 S904. doi: 10.1093/geroni/igz038.3302
Lichtenberg, P., Leach, C., Smith, B., Schroeck, N. & Blessman, J. (2017). Co-constructing environmental stewardship: A Detroit-driven participatory approach. Public Policy & Aging Report, 27(1), 37-39. doi:10.1093/ppar/prw026
Jankowski, T. & Leach, C. (2015). Monroe County Older Adult Needs Assessment Findings. Report to the Monroe County Commission on Aging, 270 pgs.
Jankowski, T. & Leach, C. (2013). Calhoun County Older Adult Needs Assessment Findings. Report to the Calhoun County Offices of Senior Services, 168 pgs.
Leach, C., Jankowski, T. & Russo, T. (2012). Huntington Woods Older Adult Needs Assessment: Report to the Huntington Woods City Management Office, 26 pgs.
Jankowski, T., and Booza, J., Leach, C. (2011). A Comparison of Poverty and Economic Insecurity Among Older Adult Singles and Couples in Michigan. [Abstract]. The Gerontologist, Volume 51, Issue suppl_2, November 2011, Pages 1–633, https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gns068
Jankowski, T., Booza, J., & Leach, C. (2011). Invisible poverty: New measure unveils financial hardship in Michigan's older adult population. Seniors Count! Working Paper Series, No. 3, 19 pgs.
Jankowski, T., Booza, J., & Leach, C. (2011). Gender Disparities of Older Adults in Southeast Michigan. Seniors Count! Working Paper Series, No. 2, 12 pgs.
Booza, J., Jankowski, T. B., & Leach, C. (2010). An Income Profile of Older Adult Householders in Southeast Michigan. Seniors Count! Working Paper Series, No. 1, 23 pgs.
Jankowski, T., Leach, C. & Graham, P. (2010). A Needs Assessment of Older Adults in the Tri-County Area. Report to the United Way of Southeast Michigan. Commissioned by the Senior Regional Collaborative publication, 91 pgs.
Leach, C. & Carr, J. (2010). Huntington Woods City Services Priority Survey Findings. Report to the Huntington Woods City Management Office, 28 pgs.
Jankowski, T., Leach, C., and Booza, J. (2009). Seniors Count! A Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Approach to Compiling and Disseminating Data on Aging. [Abstract]. The Gerontologist, 49 Suppl 2, 1–532. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnp148
For more information please contact Carrie Leach at email@example.com or Tom Jankowski at firstname.lastname@example.org