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Socioeconomic Status and Increasing Mid-life Mortality

On June 16, 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Population (CPOP) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) convened a group of experts to discuss evidence regarding the role of widening socioeconomic status (SES) differences in life expectancy, especially during middle age, and to identify gaps in the research needed both to understand and to reverse this trend. Attendees discussed these trends in relation to their own research and explored trends in mortality across time and by characteristics including birth cohort, age, gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and geographic location. They were also asked to provide advice and recommendations to CPOP and NIA on ways that these organizations could address these disparities. A workshop summary (PDF, 341K) is available.