Established in 1990 by Kathleen Buckwalter from the College of Nursing, the University of Iowa Center on Aging (COA) quickly became recognized as a core campus resource facilitating interdisciplinary education, research, and service efforts dedicated to understanding the aging process and improving the health and well being of older people. Then, as part of the state of Iowa Public Health initiative in 1999, the Iowa Board of Regents called on the COA to advance the “health and independence of elderly Iowans."