About Us

Our Mission

The mission of CRADO is to develop and evaluate essential supports and services designed to maximize the independence and wellbeing of older adults and individuals with disabilities.  We engage in community-driven, strengths-based research to help guide policy and practice focused on key health and social service transitions. Educating the next generation of leaders in our field is integral to our mission.  

Carrie Wendel-Hummel, DirectorCarrie Wendel-Hummel, director for CRADO

Areas of Interest: Public Health and Long Terms Services and Supports Policy; Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security; Medical Sociology; Sociology of Disability; Mental Health over the Lifecourse; Program Evaluation and Development; Mixed Methods; Interdisciplinary Research 





CRADO works nationally, internationally and at the state level to improve services for older adults. Many of our initiatives have focused on rural as well as urban elders with the goal of allowing people to remain living in and contributing to their communities throughout their lives.

Meet Mayhawk: She has long been our Center's mascot. 





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