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#USAgingHere4You: Traci Wilson

Traci Wilson joined USAging in January 2021 and serves as the Director, Research. In this role, Traci's primary responsibility is leading the Information and Planning Grant Program, which is funded by the U.S. Administration for Community Living and includes the administration of the National Area Agency on Aging and Title VI Native American Aging Program Surveys, various topical polls, the development of resources and the dissemination of survey research findings.
 
“USAging has a wealth of research and data resources that can support our members' work with their board of directors, program planning, advocacy and more. Members can contact me anytime with questions about using these resources, and with detailed questions about the data. I love it when a member comes to me with a research question, and we get the chance to dig into the data and help answer it.”
 
Before joining USAging Traci was a research scholar at Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University in Ohio where she had the opportunity to partner with USAging and the Aging and Disability Business Institute. Before that, she lived in England for seven years, where she completed her DPhil (PhD) in Politics, conducting quantitative analyses of large surveys on European public opinion.
 
“I loved the research aspect but wanted a career path where I could make a positive difference in people's lives.”
 
What Traci loves most about working at USAging is her colleagues and our members. She says the USAging staff is exceptionally talented, hardworking and mission driven. “Our members truly make a difference every day in the lives of millions of older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers. It is such an honor to work with my colleagues at USAging to support the incredible people and work at AAAs and Title VI programs across the country.”
 
In addition to working at USAging, Traci spends her free time supporting the active lives her children lead! You might find her watching riding lessons at the stables or leading a Girl Scout camping trip. She loves all kinds of crafts and is currently trying out embroidery. Traci recently began taking tap dance lessons last year after a 30-year hiatus. She says it's a great way to stay socially engaged and physically active, and it's a lot of fun!
 
To learn more about USAging's AAA and Title VI research, visit www.usaging.org/research or consider contacting Traci and her team. 
 

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