Strategic Advisory Council (SAC)

The purpose of the Strategic Advisory Council is to inform, support and strengthen the mission and strategic priorities of CHAI, by:

  • Understanding, elevating and amplifying the lived experiences, community feedback and priorities brought forward by the Community Advisory Board,
  •  Ensuring equity-focused work is person-centered, culturally informed, and responsive to the community, and
  •  Developing policy, research and system-change recommendations for advancing health-equity and healthy aging for all.

Members of the council are cultural community leaders, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, PhD candidates, scholars, and staff with expertise and thought leadership in community engagement, health equity research, teaching and aging science.

Members of the council will make an impact in three different areas:

Shape Community and Academic Engagement

  • Co-create a model for community-university collaboration.
  • Ensure selected activities align with community priorities and CHAI’s Strategic Plan.

Translate Research to Practice

  • Share research on inequities, promising practices and innovations improving quality of care and life for BIPOC, LGBTQ, and underserved older adults.
  • Review aging-related research, community engagement plans and other inquiries with a cultural, equity, and antiracism lens.

Advance Health Equity

  • Translate research into practice by identifying opportunities to reduce disparities and inequities by dismantling racist systems.
  • Develop recommendations on research needs and changes (systems, process, policies, programs, and access) required to improve the quality of life and care of older adults most impacted by inequities.

The group will meet quarterly, for 90 minutes. A minimum 1-year commitment is required, but a 2-year commitment  is desired.

Community members will receive a stipend for participating in each meeting.

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