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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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Equity in Action: Leading and Driving Change in Corporate America

November 5, 2020 3PM ET

Building upon AARP’s recent conference focused on ways we can create equity to ensure that people at every life stage have the opportunity to make the most of a longer and healthier, we are thrilled to announce the next event in our series: Equity in Action: Leading and Driving Change in Corporate America, taking place on Thursday, November 5th, at 3:00 PM ET.

In the wake of this global pandemic and increasing demands for racial justice, and as we rethink and rebuild our systems and structures to advance a more equitable society, we know that the impact of a lack of opportunity for underserved communities and its connection to longevity outcomes has become ever more critical to examine. Join us as Kevin Turpin II, CEO of the National Journal shares his unique perspectives with Jean Accius, Senior Vice President of Thought Leadership at AARP on his own personal journey and the role of executive leadership in building a diverse workforce that provides economic opportunities to a diverse array of communities. Plus, corporate leaders in diversity, equity & inclusion will share their insights and possible solutions that could make a real, measurable difference today and in years to come.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

  • Kevin Turpin II, CEO of the National Journal
  • Jean Accius, Senior Vice President of Thought Leadership at AARP
  • other speakers TBA

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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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Virtual Dialogue 3: Create Appropriate Finance Products

November 19, 2020, 11:00 AM ET

Current finance products limit the renovation or development of housing models that meet the diverse needs of different people over longer lifespans. Financial models and products should facilitate investment in housing stock and communities that enable independence over the lifespan and view lifelong, multigenerational living environments as an asset.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Jennifer Ho, Commissioner, Minnesota Housing

Feras Qumseya, Vice President of Development, Foulger-Pratt

Dr. Raquel Rolnik,  Professor, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, University of São Paulo

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


HOST

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

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

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

Featuring: 

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
Featuring:
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
Featuring:
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

Featuring:
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

Featuring:
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 nationswell.com

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 

Read on AARP.org

Processing Grief during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Processing Grief during the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 2020 

Read on AARP.org

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 

Read on AARP.org

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