The Community of Voices/Comunidad de Voces is a research study that will examine whether singing in a community choir is a cost-effective way to promote health and well-being among culturally diverse older adults. Over a five-year period, new choirs for older adults will be started in 12 senior centers throughout San Francisco. Participants in the study will sing in a choir for one year and complete several health assessments. The study is funded by a grant to UCSF from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health (award number R01AG042526).
The Community of Voices/Comunidad de Voces study involves a three-way partnership between the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), the San Francisco Community Music Center (CMC), and 12 San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) senior centers. The study is a cluster-randomized clinical trial.
The principal investigator is Julene K Johnson, PhD, a Professor at the UCSF Institute for Health & Aging and UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities.