The Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR), established in 1997 by the National Institutes of Health National Institute on Aging, aim to decrease health disparities between minority and non-minority older adults. Their goal is to increase the number of minority academicians who conduct health-services research on older adults.
The RCMAR National Coordinating Center and the RCMAR Center for Health Improvement of Minority Elderly (CHIME) are housed in the David Geffen School of Medicine's Department of Medicine. RCMAR/CHIME's leadership and minority academicians are either faculty or affiliated with the department of medicine.
Training programs in the six currently funded RCMARs are geared towards enhancing the development of these academicians' careers, improving recruitment and retention methods used to enlist minority elders in research, creating culturally sensitive measures that assess the health of minority elders, and increasing the effectiveness of interventions designed to improve the health of minority elders.
The RCMAR CC provides logistical support to the RCMARs and oversees the dissemination of research activities such as measurement tools, instruments, publications, community activities, pilot research projects, and other resources developed by RCMAR-affiliated researchers to health professionals, public policy makers and consumers.