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Building Equity. Together.

The COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping lives in the United States and around the globe. Every one of us has faced challenges, and deep, longstanding disparities have been exposed. Some disparities may look like someone else’s problem. But they are, in fact, everyone’s problem, and the right solutions will impact us all. Addressing inequality can improve economic growth, make our communities more livable, lower the cost of healthcare, and create jobs. 

For more than 60 years, AARP has fought to build a more equitable society—advocating for policies and programs that empower people to live longer, healthier, more productive lives.

Together with our partners, we are defining the critical issues, engaging the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and identifying solutions to build a future in which each and every person can thrive.

AARP is convening two virtual series to engage leaders on how we create a future that embraces equity and innovation across the lifespan: Moving Forward: Reimagining How We Invest in Health, Wealth & Aging  and Equity By Design


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What Do We Do Now? Equity, Longevity, and the Impact of Our Collective 2020 Experience

January 28, 2021 12PM ET

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the evolving nationwide conversation on equity, AARP has partnered with the Social Innovation Summit to host a series of virtual conversations with the goal of surfacing solutions to the health and wealth inequities highlighted and exacerbated by the pandemic and the events that transpired last year. Over the past several months we’ve featured leading thinkers from the private, nonprofit, and public sectors on new approaches they are taking to ensure all communities have equal access to opportunities to make the most of a longer and healthier life.

Our upcoming event will feature unique perspectives on what we can learn from what transpired in 2020 and the long-term impact of what we all experienced in our local communities. The conversation will touch upon some of the questions and challenges around the nation’s health and economic well-being highlighted by the pandemic, many of which began far before the arrival of COVID-19 in the United States. The event will also address how we can bring forward the key outcomes of our ongoing national dialogue on racial equity into the future, and tools and tactics to consider as we rebuild our systems and structures.

FEATURED SPEAKERS (more to be confirmed)

  • Shawn Dove, Chief Executive Officer, Campaign for Black Male Achievement
  • Zeenat Rahman, Director, Inclusive America Project, The Aspen Institute

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Moving Forward: Reimagining How We Invest in Health, Wealth & Aging

This virtual event on October 7-8, 2020 built upon AARP's long history of working to address racial injustice and disparities, epitomized now by current efforts to address the impact of inequities in health and wealth on longevity. The roster of premier speakers focused on proposed solutions and ideas to achieve health and wealth equity and reimagine a future that ensures people at every life stage have the opportunity to make the most of a longer and healthier life.


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New Research

Equity in Aging: The Story of Human Longevity

AARP’s Global Thought Leadership team in collaboration with leading researchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) has embarked on an exploration of these geographic disparities in life expectancy at mid-adulthood. Our first report, entitled How Growing Geographic and Racial Disparities Inhibit the Ability to Live Longer and Healthier Lives (October 2020), provides a national-level analysis (1980-2014) of life expectancy data matched with geographic markers, and additional health data from the African American community. 


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Equity by Design

Our built environment, at every scale, can be a tool for disease prevention and the promotion of wellness. As we begin to build and renovate our homes and communities in a post-COVID-19 world, we must radically accelerate the application of an age-friendly framework that addresses disparities. This means housing and communities that are safe, affordable, and facilitate multigenerational interaction; meet sensory, emotional, physical, social, behavioral, and health needs across the lifespan; and include appropriate transportation options – enabling every resident to thrive. Join our dialogue series featuring built environment leaders from the U.S. and across the globe, who will share diverse perspectives on what it will take to Create Enabling & Equitable Housing and Multigenerational Communities.


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Equity by Design Virtual Dialogue 6: Include Age-Friendliness in Other Priorities and Lead Cross-Sector Collaboration

February 25, 2021 11:00 AM ET

Built environment professionals should utilize planning and other collaborative tools to advance developments that demonstrate an active contribution to societal agendas, and they should tap existing efforts to advance UN Sustainable Development goals as opportunities to regenerate and retrofit our built environment assets using a lifelong equity lens.


Dr. Jennifer Molinsky, Senior Research Associate, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies 

Gaetan Siew, Founder of the Global Creative Leadership Initiative; Past President of the International Union of Architects; Past Secretary-General of the African Union of Architects

Naomi Hoogervorst, Senior Programme Manager at UN-Habitat

Dr. Bill Thomas, Lifesprk Independence Officer; Cofounder, ChangingAging (Moderator)


Stephanie Firestone, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, Health & Age-friendly Communities, AARP


Esther Greenhouse, Built Environment Strategist and Environmental Gerontologist; and Strategic Director, TC Age Friendly Center for Excellence 

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Watch Past Events

On the Verge: Our Collective Destiny for Healthier and Longer Lives

August 27, 2020


Dr. Richard Besser, President and CEO - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President - AARP Foundation


Living on the Edge: Equity, Longevity, and Our Collective Future

August 12, 2020
Michael Tubbs, Mayor, City of Stockton, California
Chris Hughes, Co-Chair, Economic Security Project
Tawanna A. Black, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Center for Economic Inclusion
Reuben Teague, VP, Impact and Responsible Investments, Prudential Financial
Tulaine Montgomery, Managing Partner, New Profit
Staci Alexander, Director, Thought Leadership, AARP


Longevity: Building a More Equitable Future

June 18, 2020
Dr. Helene D Gayle, President & CEO, The Chicago Community Trust
Dr. Patrice A Harris, Immediate Past President, American Medical Association
Dr. Keith E Whitfield, Provost & Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs, Wayne State University
Dr. Debra Whitman, Executive Vice President & Chief Pubic Policy Officer, AARP
Dr. Erwin Tan, Director, Thought Leadership, Health, AARP


Navigating the Future Workforce

June 3, 2020

Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter, Chief Executive Officer, New America
Jean C Accius, Senior Vice President, Global Thought Leadership, AARP


A New Normal: Building Equity into the Future of Our Communities

May 28, 2020

Wes Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Robin Hood Foundation
Jean C Accius, Senior Vice President, Global Thought Leadership, AARP



Recent Blog Posts

The Intersection of Coronavirus and Racial Inequality in the Workplace

The Intersection of Coronavirus and Racial Inequality in the Workplace

July 24, 2020 by Jean Accius, PhD, Ramsey Alwin & Erwin Tan, MD via

Why Black and Latino Americans experience disproportionate levels of unemployment and underemployment — and why COVID-19 is making this worse.

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Listen, Learn, and Leverage: Why Today’s Dialogue on Inequity Is Different

Listen, Learn, and Leverage: Why Today’s Dialogue on Inequity Is Different

July 2020 

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Processing Grief during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Processing Grief during the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 2020 

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COVID-19 Demands Attention to Mental Health, Too

COVID-19 Demands Attention to Mental Health, Too

March 2020 

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A Call to Action: The Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity

A Call to Action: The Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity

October 2019 

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