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Disrupting Racial and Ethnic Disparities



New York State has long been home to some of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the nation. New York’s ethnic communities—primarily comprised of African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino populations are not only growing, but also aging at a rapid pace.

Given these changing demographics, AARP convened thought leaders, elected officials and leading organizations that serve New York’s ethnic communities to launch a multi-year effort to identify disparities that exist among their ethnic 50-plus communities and develop an action plan to address and disrupt these disparities.

AARP’s purpose has always been to empower people to choose how to live as they age. Through a societal movement called Disrupt Aging, AARP encourages all to challenge outdated beliefs and spark new solutions to facilitate peoples’ choices. However, key disparities that exist in the areas of health, economic security and livability among 50-plus New Yorkers of color create inequalities that can limit or even impede their choices.


On January 24, 2018, AARP New York, the Asian American Federation , the Hispanic Federation , the NAACP and the Urban League released a series of policy briefs highlighting disparities in health, economic security, and livability   in  AARP_DisparitiesPaperSummary_Booklet_FINAL AARP_DisparitiesPaperSummary_Booklet_81-2X11_01132018_R1_Spanish , and  AARP_DisparitiesPaperSummary_Booklet_CH .


AARP and our partner groups have shed a light on the disparities in these communities AARP NY - Disparities - Key Messages Until now, few, if any, proposed solutions have led to the necessary policy changes to address these disparities; nor have they focused on New York’s 50-plus population.

That is where YOU come in. We are looking to hear from you on additional policy solutions to help close the gaps that exist in communities of color. It is our goal that these solutions be put into action to help all communities enjoy the same stability and equal footing, thus offering more choices for how and where all New Yorkers live as they age. Share your thoughts and solutions with us by email at

The conversation doesn’t end here. AARP and our partner groups will be taking these briefings on a tour around New York State where we will engage with legislators, journalists, and key policy influencers in select cities.


Press Releases:

AARP Lauds Governor for Plan to Help Millions of Middle Class NYers Save for Retirement at Work
NY’s Communities of Color Have Less Access to Retirement Savings, Banks, Pay More for Caregiving, Housing; AARP, Partners Launch Policy Solutions Agenda

In the News:

Sing Tao Daily
China Press
World Journal
World Journal (additional coverage)
The Indian Panorama
El Diario
Harlem News
Carib News
Bronx Times
NY State of Politics
Capital Tonight - Spectrum News
Buffalo News
New York Business Journal
Long Island Exchange
Spectrum News Buffalo

Social Media Influencers:
Disrupting Racial and Ethnic Disparities for New Yorkers Age 50+ via @BiculturalMama

Disrupting Racial and Ethnic Disparities - AARP NY Reveals data by Sofrito for Your Soul


Past Events:

January 24, 2018 - Disrupt Disparities launch at the CUNY Graduate Center

February 17, 2018 - AARP at the NY State Association of Black & Puerto Rican Legislators

February 20, 2018 - AARP at the State of Black America with WBLS

March 9 - 11, 2018 - AARP at the SOMOS conference in Albany

April 1, 2018 - Secure Choice passed - New York State Executive Budget

April 1, 2018 - Telehealth passed - New York State Executive Budget (Pages 124 - 126)

April 11, 2018 - AARP at Black Women Who Lead panel at the Schomburg Center

June 21, 2018 - AARP at Asian American Federation Poverty Conference

July 31, 2018 - AARP Partnership with Little Rock play/ Disparities in talk back after show

August 2, 2018 - AARP at Statewide Conference on Livability in Syracuse/ Disparities keynote

September 6, 2018 - Disrupt Disparities Event with Hofstra’s Suburban Studies Center

October 10, 2018 - East Side Listening Session at William Emslie Family YMCA (Buffalo, NY)

October 11, 2018 - West Side Listening Session at The Belle Center (Buffalo, NY)

October 25, 2018 - Disrupt Disparities Event with Hostos Community College

November 16, 2018 - Disrupt Disparities Summit in Buffalo, NY

December 6, 2018 - Disrupt Disparities in Retirement Readiness with The New School

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