273080 Healthy aging in a health equity context

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Steven Wallace, PhD , UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, Los Angeles, CA
Promoting healthy aging involves adding life to years, not just years to life. Including a health equity lens requires that we not only prioritize effective interventions, but also look at the distributional consequences of the interventions that promote healthy aging. This presentation will present a model and data that shows how individual-level interventions are less likely to improve equity in healthy aging than a social determinants or “health in all policies” approach. It will show how health behavior and medical care interventions are more likely to be adopted first by more advantaged seniors, while policy and environmental level interventions have a larger impact on less advantaged seniors and therefore have a greater equity impact.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe areas where patterns of healthy aging are not currently equitable. 2. Explain how a health equity lens might prioritize different interventions to promote healthy aging.

Keywords: Aging, Health Disparities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have published over 60 peer-reviewed articles on public health and aging, including policy analyses as well as empirical analyses. I am currently funded by both federal and foundation sources to conduct research on related topics.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.