Established in 2014 and housed at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), the Center for Health Trends and Forecasts supports new international research to identify the determinants of health outcomes, explore expenditures and disease burdens, and provide comparative and in-depth analyses of results using data from a variety of disciplines, including the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) enterprise. CHTF is one of 11 National Institute on Aging (NIA) Demography Centers at leading universities and policy organizations around the United States. The NIA established these Centers to foster research in demography, economics, and epidemiology of aging and to promote the use of important datasets in the field.
CHTF provides exchange opportunities for visiting scholars from outside institutions who are interested in the trends and determinants of healthy aging, as well as open access to new databases and data visualization tools to analyze GBD data. The Center also contributes to the training and career development of early-stage investigators, strengthens international networking opportunities, and provides resources for dissemination of research findings.
The Center for Health Trends and Forecasts aims to accomplish three things:
1. Pilot groundbreaking research on the trends, determinants, and impact of health, aging, longevity, and disease and injury burden among older adults. Of particular interest will be research projects that investigate comparisons at the international and subnational levels.
2. Develop a strong international network of emergent leaders in research from across social sciences who are using health data alongside data on social determinants, economics, and a host of other potential sources to develop valuable findings that could not be derived simply from within one discipline.
3. Provide a conduit for widely disseminating research findings and data through open-access portals, reports, peer-reviewed papers, visualization tools, and other channels.
The Center's activities are organized into four cores that support CHTF’s overall goal of expanding the evidence base for a better understanding of health and aging.
The Administrative and Research Support Core provides strategic vision as well as leadership and administrative support for oversight and evaluation. The Program Development and Pilot Core supports investigators and projects that leverage GBD data and apply novel approaches to investigate aging, longevity, and health. The External Innovative Networking Core provides exchange opportunities to collaboratively investigate trends and determinants of healthy aging. The Dissemination Core provides open access to new databases and visualization tools to enable utilization, critique, and manipulation of GBD data and results and Center activities.
NIA Demography Centers
The National Institute on Aging’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research currently supports 11 Centers on the Demography and Economics of Aging, housed at universities and policy organizations around the US. The purpose of the centers is to foster research in demography, economics, and epidemiology of aging and to promote use of important datasets in the field.
Key activities of the Centers include:
- Funding pilot research initiatives
- Attracting scholars to the study of aging
- Creating research networks
- Developing and promoting new data resources
- Holding seminars, conferences, and workshops
- Providing web-based reports and resources
Below are direct links to other NIA centers:
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
University of California, Berkeley
University of Michigan
University of Pennsylvania
University of Southern California/University of California, Los Angeles
University of Wisconsin-Madison
For general information about CHTF
Center for Health Trends and Forecasts
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
2301 Fifth Ave., Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98121
UW Campus Mail Box # 358210