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The Partnerships in Aging Program (PiAP) collaborates with key institutions and organizations to find innovative solutions to issues around aging and longevity.  We are interested in talking to people who are ready to engage in conversations, and actions, that are aligned with PiAP’s mission.  We want to challenge stereotypes and current thinking that frames later life as a time of diminishment and loss.  We know that with appropriate support, older age can be a time to adapt, grow, and give back. If you are interested in forging a new partnership, please contact us at

Current Partners

Orange County Department on Aging

The tagline of this county department is Endless Possibilities. How fitting! The Department on Aging serves as a focal point for the coordinated community and individualized programs designed to foster the well-being and engagement of older adults at all levels of ability. PiAP partners with the Department on Aging to support the Master Aging Plan, Project Engage, Senior Housing, and the Aging in Community Speaker Series.

Northside Community and the Marian Cheek Jackson Center

The Marian Cheek Jackson Center is dedicated to preserving the future of historically Black neighborhoods in Chapel Hill, NC.  Our mission is to honor, renew, and build community in the Northside & Pine Knolls neighborhoods of Chapel Hill.  We do this work through:

  • Community-driven change that engages the wisdom of youth voices
  • The power of civil rights history
  • The struggles and strengths of generations of long-term residents
  • The insight of all who work, live, play, serve, and worship in Northside neighborhoods
  • Partnership across multiple lines of difference

Today, Northside and Pine Knolls are among the most racially, ethnically, and economically diverse neighborhoods in the region. PiAP and the Jackson Center are collaborating to explore opportunities for intergenerational housing that brings UNC students together with Northside elders who need some assistance but do not want to move out of the neighborhood.

Charles House Association

Charles House, the nonprofit Center for Community Eldercare (CORE), is dedicated to enriching the lives of seniors. Charles House supports individual families caring for their elders, and communities that are preparing for a growing number of older residents. Charles House operates a Daytime 
Eldercare Program and is pioneering neighborhood eldercare homes as a Culture Change model for long-term care. The CORE Program supports family Caregivers with Orientation, Resources, and Education. The Program in Learning & Service engages students, interns, and community members in experiencing the positive Charles House approach to working with elders.

PiAP and Charles House are engaged in collaborative efforts to:

  • Re-think the design of homes and neighborhoods so that they become vibrant places in which to age
  • Offer learning & service opportunities for students and interns to explore careers in aging,  and to experience a  powerful and positive approach to working with elders, even the frailest
  • Support research collaborations in the field of community-based long-term care and family caregiving.
  • Advance new models of eldercare that promote intergenerational connections and support.

Chatham County Council on Aging

The Chatham County Council on Aging, founded in 1974, promotes and supports independent living and the physical and mental wellness of persons aged 60 and older. The Council also supports family caregivers of older people who prefer to remain living at home. The Council has partnered with PiAP and UNC to provide learning opportunities for students and to address important issues facing Chatham seniors and their families.

In 2018-19, a Capstone Team of UNC public health students is facilitating a process for engaging Chatham residents, public officials, health and human services organizations, the business and faith communities, and other stakeholders to implement a comprehensive plan for optimal aging in Chatham that will guide future work of private and public entities.

UNC Center for Aging and Health

We are facing a huge shortfall in preparing a workforce specially trained in geriatrics and gerontology.  The Center for Aging in Health has recently expanded its reach to ensure that professionals from many disciplines are trained to care for older adults.  Particularly, the Center is crafting new initiatives to train emerging practitioners to work in teams. PiAP partners with the Center for Aging and Health to evaluate educational programming in Interprofessional Education.

Community members outline their healthcare goals
Community members document their healthcare goals