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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



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

On October 7 and 8, AARP is convening a conference that will serve to challenge and rethink current systems and structures in light of COVID-19, leverage innovation and reimagine a future that ensures people at every life stage have the opportunity to make the most of a longer and healthier life. The roster of premier speakers will focus on proposed solutions and ideas to achieve health and wealth equity.



General Colin L. Powell, USA (Retired), Secretary of State (2001-2005)

 Jo Ann JenkinsChief Executive OfficerAARP

Dr. Rajiv ShahPresidentRockefeller Foundation

Cheryl Dorsey, PresidentEchoing Green

Carina EdwardsChief Executive Officer, Quil

Dr. Paul Farmer, Co-Founder, Partners In Health; Kolokotrones University Professor, Harvard Medical School

 Dr. Stephen K. Klasko, President & Chief Executive Officer, Thomas Jefferson University & Jefferson Health

Dr. Lisa Cooper, Founder & Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity

 Dr. Aletha Maybank, Chief Health Equity OfficerAmerican Medical Association

 Dr. Debra Whitman, Chief Public Policy OfficerAARP

Dr. Jean Accius, Senior Vice President, Global Thought LeadershipAARP

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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 Webinar Series: Built Environment Principles – Enable By Design and Drive Informed Demand

September 24, 2020 11AM EDT

Drive Informed Demand Individuals and families have a right to expect living environments that are safe and enabling across the lifespan. Built environment professionals should create housing and communities that enable people to function well within their abilities at every age. Innovations that advance this goal should become the norm and not the exception.


Dr. Mariela Alfonzo, Founder and CEO, State of Place

Henry Cisneros, Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Co-Chief Investment Officer and Chairman, American Triple I Partners

Ifeoma Ebo, Urban Designer, Strategist and Founding Director of Creative Urban Alchemy

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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