Joint Center President Discusses ‘Health, Wealth & Longevity’ for African Americans Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic at AARP Social Innovation Summit Virtual Conference

On June 3, Joint Center President Spencer Overton joined the panel, Health, Wealth & Longevity: Is There Room For All?, at AARP’s Social Innovation Summit Virtual Conference.

The discussion centered on the “unique challenges in achieving healthy longevity” especially when considering equitability and the recent challenges that emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, the conversation aimed to answer “how do we inspire and encourage equity?”

During the panel, Spencer discussed the unique challenges faced by African Americans especially in regard to employment and health amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other panelists included George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health Associate Research Professor Dr. Dora Hughes and Bank of American Managing Director of Thought Leadership Surya Kolluri. AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson moderated the conversation.

About Joint Center

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, America’s Black think tank, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1970 and based in Washington, DC. The Joint Center's mission is to inform and illuminate the nation's major public policy debates through research, analysis, and information dissemination in order to improve the socioeconomic status of Black communities in the United States; expand their effective participation in the political and public policy arenas; and promote communication and relationships across racial and ethnic lines to strengthen the nation's pluralistic society.