Community Advisory Board

Advancing health equity for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQ and other under-served aging communities is core to CHAI’s mission. We are committed to building and nurturing ongoing, authentic community relationships that are mutually beneficial. CAB members play a critical role in connecting CHAI with cultural communities to ensure responsiveness & accountability to these communities’ needs and priorities.

The purpose of the Community Advisory Board (CAB) is to support and strengthen the mission and strategic direction of CHAI by providing advice and informed guidance to advance health equity for aging BIPOC, LGBTQ and underserved communities.

To achieve our vision, we root all our work in equity and diversity to support BIPOC, LGBTQ, older adults with disabilities and other underserved, underrepresented, and marginalized communities. We invite individual members from these communities to apply for the CHAI Community Advisory Board (CAB).

Being a CAB member provides the unique opportunity to

  • Co-create a model for community-university collaboration that identifies community needs and priorities and matches them with UMN resources and talent.
  • Raise awareness of UMN and CHAI research and assets available to the community.
  • Inform educational priorities and share information on training and program opportunities.
  • Prioritize equity-focused aging research/activities and share input on community engagement.
  • Identify Master’s level or other students interested in aging at the University to provide support on CAB member projects or initiatives related to aging under supervision of CHAI leadership.
  • Create formal community-based collaborations/partnerships with University research teams that, if successful, will result in formal, funded agreements.
  • Access aging research findings to promote healthy aging and quality of care and life.
  • Network with a peer-group of DEI experts and cultural providers to support your programs.
  • Highlight your formal affiliation with CHAI and University of Minnesota with personal and organizational acknowledgement and url link on CHAI website.
  • Receive a stipend for your participation on the CAB.

CAB members will have the opportunity to actively participate in CHAI in a variety of ways. They may be asked to take part in one of more of the following activities:

  • Members will be expected to attend up to five meetings during the first year. The meeting dates and locations will be determined by group members. We anticipate a mixture of virtual and in- person meetings based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and UMN guidelines.
  • Provide feedback to CHAI in a variety of areas (e.g. recruitment of new faculty, strategic plan, community engagement, priorities for the Research and Education cores, etc.)
  • Participate in and contribute to workgroups the CAB identifies.
  • Identify and access funding sources for equity-focused projects.
  • Connect students and researchers with equity-based, aging-related projects.
  • Facilitate new connections between the University, CHAI and community-based organizations.
  • Obtain community feedback to inform aging and diversity policy statements and recommendations.

The application period for the current year is closed. However, we welcome and accept applications year-round. New applicants will be considered during the following application period or sooner if the need arises. If you are not selected to serve on the CAB, we will seek to match your interests with opportunities on our Equity and Community Engagement Committee and/or special events including research and educational opportunities.

You can apply for the CAB in several ways:
Online: Complete online application
Via email: Complete the PDF application form (Spanish version) and email it to
By mail: Print this form and send to:

Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation
Attn: Elma Johnson
420 Delaware St S.E.
D351 Mayo Memorial Building (MMC 729)
Division of Health Policy and Management
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455

If you have any questions or need assistance with the application, please email us at or call Elma Johnson at 612-625-8954.

Interested in our Community Advisory Board? Apply to join online

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