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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: Build Equity  and Equity By Design.

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Transforming Our Communities: Bold Moves and Solutions for an Equitable Future

September 30, 2021  |  12:00 PM

Featured Speakers:

Jean Accius  PhD, Senior Vice President, AARP Global Thought Leadership

David G. Clunie  Executive Director, Black Economic Alliance

Adele Langton  Vice President, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women program, New York

Kathryn Lawler  MPP, Executive Director, Atlanta Regional Collaborative for Health Improvement

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Since early 2020, AARP has convened prominent thought-leaders for a series of virtual events to discuss the health and wealth inequities that affect Americans across the lifespan and have an impact on our longevity. This important conversation will continue as we welcome national leaders for a discussion focused on promising initiatives and innovative approaches from the private and nonprofit sectors to tackle the inequities highlighted and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Wealth, Work & Longevity

July 14, 2021

  • Chike Aguh, Chief Innovation Officer, United States Department of Labor
  • Jose Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO, Hispanic Heritage Foundation
  • Staci Alexander, Vice President, AARP Thought Leadership
  • Camille Busette, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Governance Studies, Metropolitan Policy Program; Director of the Race, Prosperity, and Inclusion Initiative, Brookings Institution
  • Melissa Grober-Morrow, Director of Thought Leadership-Financial Resilience, AARP

The Equity Takeaway: A Moment with Antonio Tijerino

AARP's Melissa Grober-Morrow sat down with Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, for a fireside chat leading up to the next edition of the Build Equity series, where speakers will discuss the connection between wealth, work and longevity.


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New Compendium on Building Equity in Longevity

As an extension of AARP’s Build Equity series, we invited experts from a wide variety of disciplines to imagine how we might close the longevity gap so that we can all live longer, happier, and more prosperous lives. This collection of thought pieces helps answer a power, yet simple question:

How might we make longevity more equitable for all?

Join us, alongside our contributors, in understanding the challenge and taking action in closing the longevity gap.  Learn More

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

As we emerge from a tragic pandemic, let’s catalyze action among professionals in the fields that shape the physical housing and communities where we live, enabling every resident to thrive.


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