My expertise is in the dissemination and implementation of evidence- and community-based health promotion programs for adults with a focus on physical activity interventions. I have secured research and training grant funding from CDC and other agencies. As lead of the Coordinating Center for the CDC Healthy Aging Research Network (HAN) I oversee our multi-sector efforts which include conducting research; developing trainings and resources, and influencing policies to promote healthy aging in diverse settings and populations. I am an investigator at the Health Promotion Research Center and serve as led for our EnhanceFitness efforts. My earlier work was in rheumatology and symptom management where I developed a fatigue scale that is now available in 25 languages. Students work with me who are passionate to build evidence to support healthy aging; motivated to learn research methods and participate on productive, fun and collaborative teams; and committed to working with community partners.
I teach a variety of courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the SoN. I have taught the research course to undergraduate students, the theory course to PhD students, the health promotion course to DNP students, and the gerontology course to all students. I am an advisor to PhD students, chair of supervisory committees for PhD and DNP students, and mentor to undergraduate and graduate students who have successfully competed for de Tornyay scholarships and other internal and external grants.
Practice, Service, Community Involvement
At any given time I serve on a number of boards for non-profit organizations, review manuscripts for various health professional journals, review grants for federal and private foundations, serve on professional association committees, and volunteer my time for local causes to support healthy aging. I conduct research in collaboration with community agencies and directly apply my findings to practice.
- Wilcox S, Altpeter M, Anderson L, Belza B, Bryant L, Jones D, Leith K, Phelan E, Satariano W. (2013). The Healthy Aging Research Network: Resources for Building Capacity for Public Health and Aging Practice. American Journal of Health Promotion, 28 (1), 1-6.
- Thompson H, Doorenbos A, Baker M, Nguyen H, Belza B (2014). Identifying and evaluating electronic learning resources for use in adult-gerontology nurse practitioner education. Journal of Professional Nursing.
- Agmon M, Kelly V, Logsdon R, Belza B (2014). A Systematic Review of Interventions Conducted in Community Settings to Improve Dual-Task Postural Control in Older Adults. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 9, 477-492.
- Ory MG, Altpeter M, Belza B, Helduser J, Zhang C and Smith ML (2014). Perceived utility of the RE-AIM framework for health promotion/disease prevention initiatives for older adults: a case study from the U.S. evidence-based disease prevention initiative. Front. Public Health 2:143. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2014.00143
- Agmon M, Nguyen H, Logsdon R, Belza B. (2015). The Effect of EnhanceFitness Training on Dual-Task Walking in Older Adults. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 34 (3), 128-142. DOI: 10.1177/0733464812465921
- Gell N, Rosenberg D, Carson J, Kerr J, Belza B (2015). Built environment attributes related to GPS measured active trips in mid-life and older adults with mobility disabilities. Disability and Health Journal, 8 (2), 290-295.
- Friedman D, Becofsky K, Anderson L, Bryant L, Hunter R, Ivey S, Belza B, Logsdon R, Brannon S, Vandenberg A, Lin S. (2015). Public perceptions about risk and protective factors for cognitive health and impairment: a review of the literature. Int Psychogeriatric, 1-13.
- Belza B, Petrescu-Prahova M, Kohn M, Miyawaki C, Farren L, Kline G, Heston, AH. (2015). Adoption of Evidence-based Health Promotion Programs: Perspectives of early adopters of EnhanceFitness in YMCA-affiliated sites. Research Issue on Evidence-based Programming for Older adults in Frontiers in Public Health Education and Promotion.
- Towne S, Smith, M, Ahn S, Altpeter M, Belza B, Kulinski P, Ory M. (2015). National dissemination of multiple evidence-based disease prevention programs: Reach to vulnerable older adults. Research Issue on Evidence-based Programming for Older Adults in Frontiers in Public Health Education and Promotion.
- Belza B, Altpeter M, Hooker S, Moni G (2015). The CDC Healthy Aging Research Network: Advancing science toward action and policy for the evidence-based health promotion movement. Research Issue on Evidence-based Programming for Older adults in Frontiers in Public Health Education and Promotion.
- Gillette D, Petrescu-Prahova M, Herting J, Belza B (in press). Characteristics of Participants who Adhere and Not Adhere to EnhanceFitness. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy.
- Petrescu-Prahova M, Kohn M, Miyawaki C, Belza B (in press). Implementation and Maintenance of a Community-Based Older Adult Physical Activity Program. The Gerontologist.
- Farren L, Belza B, Allen P, Brolliar S, Brown D, Janicek S, Jones D, King D, Marquez, Rosenberg D (in press). Mall Walking Program Environments, Features, and Participants: A Scoping Review. Preventing Chronic Disease.
- Petrescu-Prahova M, Allen P, Leith K, Anderson L, Belza B. (in press). Using Social Network Analysis to Assess Mentorship and Collaboration in a Public Health Network. Preventing Chronic Disease.
- King D, Belza B, Allen P, Brown D, Janicek S, Jones D, Marquez D, Rosenberg D (in press). Safe, Affordable, Convenient: Environmental Features of Malls and Other Public Spaces Used by Older Adults for Walking, J of Physical Activity and Health.
Current Research Projects
- Lead, Healthy Brain Research Network Coordinating Center. CDC (PI).
- Consultant to the Hawaii Executive Office on Aging on the State Plan on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias. NACDD.
- Dissemination of Mall Walking: A Program Resource Guide. IPA Agreement with CDC (PI).
- Health Promotion Research Center. CDC (Investigator).
- Improving Physical Therapy Referrals to a Community-based Exercise Program. CDC (Investigator)
Access to Multidimensional Assessment of Fatigue (MAF)