Funded Research Project – 2013-2017

The Gulf States Health Policy Center (GSHPC) is a regional consortium headed by the Bayou Clinic, a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike located in Bayou La Batre, AL. Additional academic collaborators on the project are the University of Alabama – Birmingham (UAB), the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), and the University of South Alabama (USA). In collaboration with USM, the USA – Center for Generational Studies (USA-CGS) is conducting a social network analysis and policy scan to explore relationships and barriers that may influence health policy and impact health of individuals, families and communities. The role of the USA-CGS is: (a) to bring a multi-generational lens to the research and (b) to interact with the community-based coalition that has been brought together by the GSHPC to support the coalition’s research initiatives. 


Funded Program/Research Project – 2002-Present (transitioned to Center for Generational Studies in 2013)

The South Alabama Regional Planning Commission – Area Agency on Aging (SARPC-AAA) supports an annual summer training institute for senior citizens who want to serve as volunteers or advocates in the community.  The University of South Alabama Programs in Gerontology (USA) partnered to conduct the Legacy Leadership Institute (LLI) from 2001-2012. The Institute transitioned to the Center for Generational Studies in 2013.  The Institute provides a co-learning experience for USA graduate students and the senior participants in the LLI to discuss intergenerational relationships, issues and policies of concern to all ages.