Aging, Boomers, Inter-generational Issues

Ruth Finkelstein

Health & Gender Policy Maker, Executive Director, 
Brookdale Center on Aging, Hunter College

Ruth translates interdisciplinary scientific knowledge on Aging and its societal implications into policy-focused practice. 

She serves as Executive Director, Brookdale Center on Aging, Hunter College, CUNY Professor, Urban Public Health, Hunter College, CUNY. Previously, she was Assistant Professor of Health Policy & Management, and Associate Director of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center, the goal of her policy work is to maximize health, productivity, and quality of life across the life course. She directs the Age Smart Employer Awards program funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and is USA Director of the International Longevity Centre.

Previously, Ruth was SVP Policy and Planning at The New York Academy of Medicine, where she directed the Age-friendly New York City Initiative, which won the 2013 award for "The Best Existing Age Friendly Initiative in the World" as well as the Archstone Award for Excellence in Program Innovation from the American Public Health Association. In 2012, she was named one of the nation's "Game Changers" by Metropolis Magazine. 

With 30 years experience in health policy, HIV/AIDS care, drug policy, planning and research, her expertise is sought globally on systems-level healthy living initiatives. Ruth’s career started as a cultural anthropologist before switching to science and receiving her PhD in Science from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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