Dr. Naoko Muramatsu, professor of community health sciences and fellow at the Institute for Health Research and Policy, conducts research that improves the quality of care and well-being of diverse aging populations. Trained in health services organization and policy, sociology and population and organizational studies, she advances health equity by identifying critical factors that lead to disparities in stressors, resources and health over the life course and by intervening on those factors. Her research aims to improve care and health of frail older adults with limited resources, workers in precarious work conditions and people aging with disabilities and their caregivers in racial, ethnic and linguistic minority communities.
“Promoting Seniors’ Health with Home Care Aides (Pro-Home)” is Dr. Muramatsu’s ongoing project funded by the National Institute on Aging and conducted with a multidisciplinary research team. Pro-Home tests a home-based physical activity program among community-dwelling frail older adults who cannot participate in evidence-based physical activity recommended for those with higher physical function. This research project partners with caregivers, providers, care managers, community-based organizations and state agencies. The project empowers home care aides to bring a safe physical activity program to older, mostly African American and Latino recipients of Medicaid home care.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on February 28