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Multidisciplinary Gerontology Center


The Howard University Multidisciplinary Gerontology Center (HU-MGC) was established in 1992 (circa) under the leadership of former dean and provost, Dr. Richard A. English. Originally funded with a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; the Multidisciplinary Gerontology Center began its work with the missionto serve as a knowledge base and program resource to promote the effective transfer, dissemination, and utilization of information on the minority elderly and provide Information, consultation, and other forms of technical assistance to the public, the aging network, voluntary organizations and other public and private sector organizations.

Technical assistance will be provided through consultation and collaboration with other academic institutions, State and Area Agencies on Aging, public, private and voluntary agencies regarding at-risk minority older persons, especially the eldercare needs of African-Americans and their families. The HU-MGC is currently located at Howard University's School of Social Work on the third floor, under the leadership of Dr. Sandra Edmonds Crewe, who diligently works to uphold the center's mission and its values.



  • Social Media and Older Persons: Exploring use of social media as intervention and marketing
  • Falls Prevention: increasing awareness of techniques used to prevent falls
  • Cultural Competence: focus on diversity of aging population with specific emphasis on vulnerable groups
  • Substance Use and Psychopharmacology: Understanding treatment approaches and new interventions
  • Mental Health-Forgiveness Theme: Knowledge related to importance of forgiveness to well being
  • Financial Wellness: Provide information on housing choices and retirement communities.
  • Ethics and Alzheimer's Disease-Person-centered Care



The District of Columbia Office of Aging

Howard University Multidisciplinary Center for Gerontology and DC Office on Aging have maintained a professional partnership for over 20 years. Collectively, the collaboration has provided over 100 professional development opportunities with regard to the elderly population in the community each year.

This year the collaboration provides seven seminars and workshops for approximately 200 persons including professional and paraprofessional staff of the District of Columbia's Office on Aging Senior Service Network, social work and other professional students; and the general community serving the older community.


About the Director

Dr. Sandra Edmonds Crewe is professor of Social Work, former Associate Dean, and current Dean for the Howard University School of Social Work. Dr. Crewe was appointed to the faculty of the School of Social Work in 1997 after earning her Ph.D in Social Work from Howard University.

During her tenure on faculty she has received honors and awards for scholarship, public service and teaching (read about how she implemented distance learning courses). She has authored over 30 publications on welfare reform, housing, and caregiving and is co-editor of a book entitled "Tradition and Policy Perspectives in Kinship Care."

Dr. Crewe's professional achievements in addition to personal life experiences serve as the driving force behind her tenacious leadership of the multidisciplinary gerontology center.



Inabel Lindsay Hall, Bldg, #53 School of Social Work, Room 319 
601 Howard Place, NW Washington, DC 20059
Fax: 202-387-4309

Laurie Blackman, M.S.W., M.S., LGSW
Assistant Director, Multidisciplinary Gerontology Center