Healthier Black Elders Research Volunteers


The HBEC encourages African American men and women age 55 and older, who are interested in helping with noninvasive research projects, to join its Participant Resource Pool. Health disparities still exist between African Americans and other ethnic groups, so more research is needed to determine causes and solutions. A pool of potential participants is critical for this research. Call Vanessa Rorai at 313-664-2604 for information.


Researchers interested in accessing the Healthier Black Elders Center Participant Resource Pool should read the following:

Letter of Intent Form 
Application Form

HBEC staff and advisory committee reviewers will notify researchers of their decision about two weeks after receipt of completed forms. Please note: All requests to obtain approval for research involving human participants must have prior approval from the Human Investigation Committee (HIC) Steering Committee.

* Email completed application or get further information: Tam Perry <> and Jamie Mitchell <>   OR
* Mail completed paper application to:

Healthier Black Elders Center
Institute of Gerontology
87 East Ferry, 226 Knapp Bldg.
Detroit, MI 48202

Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR)

The HBEC is the community liaison core for the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research. MCUAAAR is a collaborative research and administrative effort based on the campuses of Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. It is one of six centers coordinated by the Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) to empirically investigate and reduce health disparities between minority and non-minority older adults.