Friday, 04/23/2021, 12:00 pm.   ARCHIVED EVENT

A RCMAR Webinar featuring Drs. Jennifer Ailshire, Patricia Jones, and Amy Kind. The NIA Health Disparities Research Framework outlines four key levels of analysis related to disparities research. Included in these are environmental and sociocultural factors. On April 23rd at 9 AM PT/12 PM ET, this webinar will showcase two tools researchers can use for understanding contextual factors that affect the health of diverse older adults.

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Jennifer Ailshire is an Associate Professor of Gerontology, Sociology, and Spatial Sciences at the University of Southern California. She is a co-Investigator and Analysis Core Lead of the the USC AD-RCMAR. Her research focuses on identifying the origins of social disparities in health and aging and examining how differential socioenvironmental exposures and experience influence physical and cognitive health among older adults. She created a national longitudinal contextual data resource (CDR) with measures of the social, physical, and health care environment for use with the Health and Retirement Study (HRS-CDR). She is expanding both the measures included in the CDR and the surveys it can be linked to.


Dr. Amy Kind, MD, PhD, is one of the very few physicians in the country with PhD training in population health, an active research laboratory in health disparities and geo-analytics, clinical training in geriatrics and memory disorders, and a translational research agenda focused on socioeconomically disadvantaged older adult populations with Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Kind is an international leader in the fields of social determinants of health, leading the team that developed the Neighborhood Atlas. Her work has had far-reaching policy impact, has been actively promoted by the NIH and published in top journals including NEJM. Dr. Kind has earned multiple honors including the American Geriatrics Society Thomas and Catherine Yoshikawa Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement for Clinical Investigation, election as a Member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI).


Patricia Jones, DrPH, MPH, MS leads the NIA’s efforts in stimulating health disparities research related to aging. Dr. Jones is the Director of the Office of Special Populations. In this position, she advances the science of eliminating health disparities, facilitates addressing health disparities through basic, clinical and translational and behavioral and social science research, supports developing initiatives that strengthens NIA’s research and training opportunities available to underrepresented persons, including minorities and women, and advises other senior staff on health research related to underrepresented populations; and directs the NIA Butler-Williams Scholars Program for early career aging researchers.