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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

For more information:

World Health Organization Age Friendly

AARP Livable Communities

Age-Friendly Champaign-Urbana Steering Committee Members

  • Drew Bargmann, Special Services Manager, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District
  • Tim Bartlett, Executive Director, Urbana Park District
  • Amy Brown, CEO, CRIS Healthy Aging
  • Linda Coleman, Past Chair, Board of Directors, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
  • Joan Dixon, CEO & President, Community Foundation of East Central Illinois
  • Dennis Donaldson, Treasurer, Village of Savoy
  • Kristen Gisondi, Human Services Transportation Coordinator, Champaign County Regional Planning Commission
  • Patrick Harness, Community Activist
  • Kathleen Holden, Retired Administrator, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Ben LeRoy, Associate Planner, City of Champaign
  • Rosanna McLain, 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