Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, July 3, 2020

Fletcher-led CDHA receives prestigious grant renewal

Professor Jason Fletcher Professor Jason Fletcher

UW–Madison’s Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) received renewal of its funding via the National Institute of Health’s prestigious P30 grant. La Follette School Professor Jason Fletcher serves as CDHA director.

The grant will provide CDHA with $3.5 million over five years to support its continued cutting-edge research on behavioral processes related to health and aging.

UW–Madison’s CDHA is one of 11 Demography and Economics of Aging Centers nationwide. The centers at Harvard University, Stanford University, the University of California–Berkeley, and other leading institutions foster research in demography, economics, and epidemiology of aging.

“Competing for center renewal takes an enormous amount of time and effort,” said Fletcher, noting that CDHA’s application received a near-perfect score. “CDHA has much to look forward to in the next five years.”

CDHA’s research focuses on five themes: aging and the life course; biodemography; determinants of disparities of aging trajectories; health economics and health services research; and impacts of place on aging processes.

Fletcher said the P30 funding will allow CDHA to strengthen existing programs and propel new initiatives, including UW–Madison’s Initiative on Social Genomics, which recently completed a cluster hire of three La Follette School faculty: Lauren Schmitz, Philipp Koellinger, and Sam Trejo.

Other La Follette School faculty members and emeritus faculty who serve as CDHA affiliates are Lindsay Jacobs, Tim Smeeding, Geoffrey Wallace, Yang Wang, Dave Weimer, Barbara (Bobbi) Wolfe, and Bob Haveman.

CDHA also is recruiting applicants for several post-doctoral positions starting as early as September 2020. Details are on the CDHA website

- Written by Peter Mosher