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Health Aging Opportunity Grants

Healthy Aging Opportunity Grants, (formally SENIOR Grants), offered by the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are designed to encourage state health departments to develop strategic and collaborative approaches to improve the health of older adults in their states.  The intent of the grants is to support state capacity related to healthy aging.  Selected projects will address state level public health strategic and collaborative approaches to improving the health of older adults.

These grants are intended to position states to:

  • More strategically develop approaches to healthy aging and take advantage of opportunities to improve the health status of older adults.
  • Create effective partnerships between state health departments and the aging services network that contribute to collaborative planning and action at the state and local levels.
  • Develop and promote state policies that recognize the importance of initiating and supporting specific healthy aging efforts and integrate healthy aging efforts into other public health endeavors.
  • The 2011 Healthy Aging Opportunity Grants proposal period is now closed. States that applied for funding will be notified by July 1, 2011 and the funding period will begin July 15, 2011. This site will be updated soon with information about currently funded states and projects.

  • 2011 Request for Applications (RFA) - PDF File
  • Healthy Aging Opportunity Grants provided to states in 2009 have recently concluded. In 2009, grant proposals were invited in one or more of the following areas:  1) Oral Health 2) Emergency Preparedness, or 3) Policy Interventions.  Documents related to the 2009 Healthy Aging Opportunity Grants include the following:

  • 2009 RFA
  • 2009 Project Summaries
  • Agenda from the 2009 Health Aging Opportunity Grantee Meeting




    May is Older Americans Month

    As part of Older Americans Month, CDC’s Healthy Aging Program Healthy Aging Program, Aging and Health Work Group and the AI/AN/NH Workgroup present:
    Advanced Care Planning and Emergency Preparedness among American Indian and Alaska Native Elders

    The presentation provides an examination of critical areas important to American Indian and Alaska Native elders. The first segment of this presentation focuses on successful programs that provide advanced care planning and palliative care in Indian Country, despite the persistent myths that planning in this population is an insurmountable barrier. The second segment focuses on the application of Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping and its relevance to emergency preparedness planning for Native elders.