Age-Friendly Champaign-Urbana

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As part of our commitment to public engagement, CHAD is engaged in an effort to achieve “Age-Friendly” community status for the cities of Champaign and Urbana.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed a set of guidelines for communities who wish to seek “Age-Friendly” status and has designated AARP as their representative of this effort in the United States.  Together they have institutionalized a process to help communities prepare for upcoming demographic shifts with regard to older adults.  This process involves organizing community stakeholders to evaluate, plan, and implement strategies to improve the lives of older adults in our community.

A dedicated group of community leaders are spearheading the effort to enter the Age-Friendly community network with the goals of making Champaign-Urbana more livable for community members across the lifespan.  CHAD serves as the logistical coordinator for this effort with the additional goal of providing opportunities for UIUC faculty and students to address important research questions in this area.

Working with our community stakeholders, we will focus on several domains including: transportation, housing, outdoor spaces and buildings, community and health services, communication and information, civic participation and employment, social participation, respect and inclusion.
For more information about Age-Friendly Champaign-Urbana, please contact Wendy Bartlo at 217-300-4323 or
For more information:
World Health Organization Age Friendly
AARP Livable Communities
Age-Friendly Champaign-Urbana Steering Committee Members

  • Mr. Patrick Harness, Community Liaison, Health Alliance
  • Ms. Debra Reardanz , President and CEO, Clark-Lindsey Village
  • Mr. Ben LeRoy, Associate Planner, City of Champaign
  • Ms. Elizabeth Tyler, Community Development Director and City Planner, City of Urbana
  • Mr. Joe DeLuce, Executive Director, Champaign Park District
  • Mr. Tim Bartlett, Executive Director, Urbana Park District
  • Ms. Rosanna McLain, Director, Senior Resource Center
  • Dr. Preston L. Williams Jr. ,Former Superintendent Urbana School District
  • Ms. Traci Nally, Vice President of Human Resources, the News-Gazette
  • Ms. Kathleen Holden, Retired UIUC Administrator
  • Ms. Sue Grey, President and CEO, United Way of Champaign County
  • Dr. Linda Coleman, Professor Emerita, English and Women’s Studies, Eastern Illinois University
  • Ms. Linda Tauber-Olson, Regional Director Faith in Action, Presence
  • Ms. Dawn Henry, Director of Rehabilitation, Carle Foundation Hospital