Dr. Carolyn Tucker Receives Major Grant from Humana Foundation

Dr. Carolyn Tucker, a Professor of Psychology and the UF Florida Blue Endowed Chair in Health Disparities Research, received an $820,000 grant from the Humana Foundation to conduct year one of a three-year program to address food insecurity, social isolation, and loneliness among low-income senior citizens (age 65+) in Jacksonville, Florida. These target problems are common among seniors and are linked to poor mental health, including depression, poor physical health, cardiovascular disease, and mortality. The program is novel in that it will involve transforming two existing UF Health centers into first-ever Health-Smart Holistic Health and Wellness Centers where trained health empowerment coaches, health care professionals, partner organizations and Dr. Tucker’s research team will assist seniors with getting health food, being physically active, overcoming stress and depression, becoming financially secure, and using mobile phones and a social connection app to interact with each other. The program will receive additional funding for years two and three.