About Us
The Research Team of the IHSS+ ADRD Training Project is part of the Institute for Health & Aging (IHA), which is committed to fostering interdisciplinary collaborative research, education, and public service in the fields of health policy and aging.

The Research Team of the IHSS+ ADRD Training Project has over 50 years of combined experience evaluating various programs and services in the Bay Area and beyond, such as the San Francisco Dementia Support Network and Dementia Cal MediConnect Project.

We have successfully secured funding and established partnerships or collaborations within UCSF as well as with external groups, such as the U.S. Administration for Community Living, California Department of Aging, California Department of Public Health, and San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services.

In the IHSS+ ADRD Training Project, we utilize a community-based participatory research and program evaluation hybrid model with the Center for Caregiver Advancement and Alameda Alliance for Health. This collaboration allows us to:

  • Facilitate an equitable partnership during all phases of the project
  • Foster co-learning and capacity-building among all partners
  • Balance knowledge and action for the mutual benefit of all partners
  • Address locally relevant health situations that emerge and affect determinants of health for older adults and their caregivers
  • Assess successes and obstacles in an iterative process to ensure continual learning and quality improvement

The Institute for Health & Aging

The Institute for Health & Aging (IHA) was established in 1979 and has been home to several experts in the study of older adults, people living with dementia, and their caregivers, such as Carroll Estes, Dorothy Rice, Sharon Kaufman, and Pat Fox. In 1985, IHA became the University of California’s first campus-wide Organized Research Unit (ORU) devoted to the study of health and aging and is the only ORU in the School of Nursing at UCSF. Dr. Wendy Max has served as Director of IHA since June 2013.