Community of Voices

The Community of Voices/Comunidad de Voces is a research study that examined whether singing in a community choir is a cost-effective way to promote health and well-being among culturally diverse older adults. 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. For this cluster-randomized clinical trial, new choirs for older adults were started in 12 senior centers throughout San Francisco. Participants in the study sang in a choir for one year and completed several health assessments. The Community of Voices/Comunidad de Voces study is a three-way partnership between the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), the San Francisco Community Music Center, and 12 San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) senior centers. The study is funded by a grant to UCSF from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health (award numbers R01AG042526 and P30AG15272).