Aging, Community and Health Research Group (ACHRU)

McMaster University

Aging, Community and Health Research Unit

Our vision: Working together with older adults with multiple chronic conditions and their family caregivers to promote optimal aging at home.

The Aging, Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU) designs, evaluates and translates innovative community-based interventions to improve access to health care, health-related quality of life, and health outcomes for people 65 years and older with more than one chronic condition.

Our research focuses on chronic conditions such as dementia, depression, diabetes and stroke. The research program includes our valued patient and caregiver research partners, more than 40 investigators and decision-makersstaff and trainees.

ACHRU was created with funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Community-Based Primary Health Care Signature Initiative and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health System Research Fund Program Award. ACHRU continues to build on this research program with funding from the Max Bell FoundationOntario SPOR Support Unit (OSSU), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR): Catalyst Fund and Pan-Canadian SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations (PIHCI), Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative, Labarge Foundation, McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA), and Diabetes Action Canada.

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MIRA | Collaborative for Health & Aging

To support optimal aging in Ontario, a new OSSU Research Centre in Aging, MIRA | Collaborative for Health & Aging, brings together world-class researchers from ACHRU and the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA). The mandate of the collaborative is to build capacity and advance Ontario’s health care system by using an integrated, coordinated, and people-centered approach.

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Scientific Directors

  • Maureen Markle-Reid Maureen Markle-Reid, RN, PhD
    Professor and Canada Research Chair in Person Centred Interventions for Older Adults with Multimorbidity and their Caregivers,
    McMaster University School of Nursing,
    Scientific Co-Lead, MIRA/Collaborative for Health and Aging (OSSU SPOR Research Centre)
  • Jenny Ploeg Jenny Ploeg, RN, PhD
    Professor,
    McMaster University School of Nursing,
    Department of Health, Aging and Society

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Trainee Spotlight: Q&A with Carly Whitmore

ACHRU trainee Carly Whitmore is featured in the latest Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging Newsletter. She is a PhD student and Vanier Canada Scholar in the School of Nursing at McMaster University.

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Newly Released: McMaster Health Forum Citizen Brief

Researchers from the Aging, Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU) collaborated with the McMaster Health Forum on a citizen brief and citizen panel entitled: ‘Engaging Older Adults with Complex Health and Social Needs, and Their Caregivers to Improve Hospital-to-home Transitions in Ontario’.

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New Guide to COVID-19 Evidence Sources

Our colleagues from the McMaster Health Forum and Ottawa Hospital Research Institute have compiled a list of evidence sources to help with challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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