Local Residents Participate in 18th Missouri Institute on Minority Aging (MIMA)
The Missouri Institute on Minority Aging (MIMA) will conclude their 18th Annual Conference today in Columbia, MO. The theme of this year’s conference is “Brain Health: A Key to Health Aging” and the program featured a variety of speakers and concurrent presentation, as well as social activities for participants. Mr. Sehon Williams is an active member of this group and serves as a lay leader for the Paula J. Carter Center on Minority Health and Aging (PJCCMHA), as well as the planning committee for this annual event. Williams is also a Lincoln alum and engaged member of the Minority Men’s Network in Columbia, MO.
Steve Calloway also participated in the MIMA Conference, speaking on the topic of The Senior Brain: Getting to “Safer” Regarding Medication Use. Calloway is a pharmacist and President of the Minority Men’s Network.
The Paula J. Carter Center on Minority Health and Aging (PJCCMHA) was established in 1997. The PJCCMHA is a multi-ethnic community outreach, education and public policy center administered by Lincoln University Cooperative Extension (LUCE). The primary purpose of the center is to improve the quality of life for Missouri’s aging minority population by reducing disparities and inequities in access to health-related care, literacy and behavior.
Our Mission is to provide leadership in addressing the health, social and psychological needs of Missouri’s 50 and older minorities and the underserved population. This is accomplished through education, research-based information, policy analysis and the use of technology as strategic tools.
Gerontology – Minority Health and Aging Missouri ranks seventh in the nation in the percentage of older adults comprising the total population, according to the 1990 Missouri Census. In addition, research shows that older minorities have poorer standards of living and less access to professional health care than their white counterparts. As such, PJCCMHA was created in conjunction with several state agencies to
- provide education, training and research information on minority health and aging;
- provide technical assistance on minority aging issues and disseminate relevant information to Missouri audiences;
- develop innovative community-based demonstration programs that enhance the quality of life for Missouri’s minority elders.