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Center on Health, Aging, And Disability

Supporting Interdisciplinary Research in the College of Applied Health Sciences

Age-Friendly Champaign-Urbana

fountain spraying up multi-colored waterAs part of our commitment to public engagement, CHAD is engaged in an effort to achieve “Age-Friendly” community status for the cities of Champaign and Urbana.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed a set of guidelines for communities who wish to seek “Age-Friendly” status and has designated AARP as their representative of this effort in the United States.  Together they have institutionalized a process to help communities prepare for upcoming demographic shifts with regard to older adults.  This process involves organizing community stakeholders to evaluate, plan, and implement strategies to improve the lives of older adults in our community.

A dedicated group of community leaders are spearheading the effort to enter the Age-Friendly community network with the goals of making Champaign-Urbana more livable for community members across the lifespan.  CHAD serves as the logistical coordinator for this effort with the additional goal of providing opportunities for UIUC faculty and students to address important research questions in this area.

Working with our community stakeholders, we will focus on several domains including: transportation, housing, outdoor spaces and buildings, community and health services, communication and information, civic participation and employment, social participation, respect and inclusion.

For more information about Age-Friendly Champaign-Urbana, please contact Wendy Bartlo at 217-300-4323 or wbartlo@illinois.edu.

For more information:

World Health Organization Age Friendly

AARP Livable Communities

Age-Friendly Champaign-Urbana Steering Committee Members

  • Evan Alvarez, Planning and Outreach Manager, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District
    Janet Soesbe, Community Program Manager, Urbana Park District
    Amy Brown, CEO, CRIS Healthy Aging
    Linda Coleman, Past Chair, Board of Directors, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
    Chris Diana, Realtor, Twin City Realty, representing the City of Urbana
    Joan Dixon, Retired CEO & President, Community Foundation of East Central Illinois
    Dennis Donaldson, Treasurer, Village of Savoy
    Marianne Downey, Retired from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Mimi Hutchinson, Human Services Transportation Coordinator, Champaign County Regional Planning Commission
    Sharon Harkness, Realtor, The Real Estate Center of Illinois
    Patrick Harness, Community Activist
    Kathleen Holden, Retired Administrator, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Terra Mullins, Community Outreach Manager, Health Alliance
    Julie Schubach, Director, Senior Resource Center, Family Service
    Debra Reardanz, President and CEO, Clark-Lindsey Village  
    Linda Tauber-Olson, Regional Director Volunteers & Faith in Action, OSF Healthcare Heart of Mary Medical Center
    Nicole Dowling, Coordinator, Faith in Action, OSF Healthcare Heart of Mary Medical Center
    Jeff Woods, Director, Center on Health, Aging, and Disability, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Wendy Bartlo, Asst Director, Center on Health, Aging, and Disability, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Get In Touch

  • 1206 S. Fourth Street
  • 1008 Khan Annex, Huff Hall
  • Phone: 217-333-4965
  • Fax: 217-265-0358
  • chad@ahs.illinois.edu