Director, Healthy Aging Initiatives
Associate Director, Program Development
UNC Institute on Aging
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mary Altpeter has extensive experience in multi-disciplinary health promotion research and educational projects, with specific interest in community partnerships to address health disparities. She is PI of the 8-year Prevention Research Center NC Healthy Aging Research Network (NC-HAN), co-chairing the HAN Research Dissemination and Practice workgroup. She is also co-investigator of a 3-year CDC-funded community trial to adapt and test the Walk with Ease program for people with arthritis and PI of an NCOA/Robert Wood Johnson healthy aging curriculum development project.
Dr. Altpeter is a senior research scientist at the UNC Institute on Aging and directs the Institute’s healthy aging initiatives. She is trained in social work, gerontology and public administration. Dr. Altpeter holds a PhD in social work from Memorial University of Newfoundland and master’s degrees in social work and in public administration from SUNY-Albany.
Dr. Altpeter also serves as a consultant to the National Council on Aging (NCOA) Center for Healthy Aging, the National Advisory Panel of the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, and the Carolina and California Geriatric Education Centers. She is a faculty mentor to the John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars Program. At the state level, she serves as an evaluation advisor to the state’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, which is funded by a U.S. Administration on Aging (AOA) grant, evaluator of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD)-funded Senior Opportunity Grant, and she chairs the evidence-based health promotion committee of the state’s Arthritis Program Advisory Board.