Aging & Health Equity


Purpose

Societies around the world are rapidly aging, with nearly 1 billion people expected to be 65 or older by 2030. It is a most profound trend – one that brings with it both major challenges and numerous opportunities. Our trans-disciplinary group is examining productive engagement and aging through a health equity and life course model.

Our work will provide new insight into maximizing opportunities for older adults to contribute and thrive. How can environmental, institutional, and individual structural arrangements be expanded to enable productivity and promote health equity across the extended years of life? How can we re-shape expectations and attitudes toward aging and older adults and provide opportunities for activities that may strengthen their health and economic security? How can policies and programs maximize positive outcomes for the individual as well as for society? How can we affect the unjust political, social, and economic conditions and work towards eliminating health inequities across the lifespan? Social workers are uniquely qualified to ask these questions – and find new answers.

People

  • Ernest Gonzales

    Boston University School of Social Work

  • Sandro Galea

    Boston University School of Public Health

  • Jacqui Angel

    University of Texas – Austin

  • Donna Butts

    Generations United

  • Kelsi Carolan

    Boston University School of Social Work

  • Jasmin Choi

    Boston University School of Social Work / Boston University School of Public Health

  • Nandini Choudhury

    Boston University School of Social Work / Boston University School of Public Health

  • Lisa Fredman

    Boston University School of Public Health

  • Bob Harootyan

    Senior Service America

  • Kathy Lee

    Ohio State University

  • Nina Levine

    Boston University School of Social Work / Boston University School of Public Health

  • Lisa Marchiondo

    University of New Mexico

  • Chistina Matz-Costa

    Boston College

  • Nancy Morrow-Howell

    Washington University

  • Emily Shea

    Elder Affairs, City of Boston

  • Erwin Tan

    AARP

  • Patricia Yu

    Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs