Home > Research . Search . Country . Browse . Small Grants

PSC In The News

RSS Feed icon

Thompson says US prison population is 'staggeringly high' at about 1.5 million, despite 2% drop for 2015

Levy et al. find Michigan's Medicaid expansion boosted state's economy while increasing number of insured

More News

Highlights

Russell Sage 2-week workshop on social science genomics, June 11-23, 2017, Santa Barbara

2017 PAA Annual Meeting, April 27-29, Chicago

U-M presents Amy Goodman, Issa Rae, and Shaun King in celebration of MLK

Sioban Harlow and Carlos Mendes de Leon recognized for their work on global health

More Highlights

Next Brown Bag

Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at noon:
Decline of cash assistance and child well-being, Luke Shaefer

Sarah Burgard photo

Understanding Social Disparities in Health and Aging

a PSC Research Project

Investigators:   Sarah Burgard, Wen Ye, Michael R. Elliott, Philippa J. Clarke, Kenneth M. Langa

The research described in this competing renewal proposal seeks through five aims to maintain and enhance the Americans? Changing Lives (ACL) study, which was started in 1986, and is the oldest on-going nationally-representative prospective study of a broad range of socioeconomic and psychosocial determinants of health, and of how health and health disparities play out over the full life course. It is a unique research project and major public use data set for analyzing and understanding social disparities in the way health changes with age, especially the postponement or compression of mortality, morbidity, functional limitations, and disability over the entire adult life course. The ACL study focuses on and contributes to the two overarching goals of the U.S. Public Health Service?s Healthy People 2010 strategic plan: 1) increasing healthy active life expectancy and 2) reducing social disparities in health. The five specific aims of this proposal are: 1) to extend the longitudinal follow-up of surviving members of the 1986 ACL sample by conducting a fifth wave of data collection and continuing annual mortality ascertainment using the National Death Index, death certificate verification, and other mortality tracking processes through at least 2013; 2) to add new measures regarding medical care, disability and impairment to ACL Wave 5 so as to expand the health status outcomes under study and investigate the role of selected biomedical interventions in maintaining, enhancing or alleviating social disparities in the way different health outcomes change with age; 3) to capitalize on existing measures of work conditions and transitions and add new ones to ACL5 in order to investigate changing patterns and sequencing of paid work, unpaid productive activities, and ?retirement?, in the context of current crises of the American and world economies; 4) to develop a methodological/biostatistical core for ACL which will a) provide expertise to the project for increasingly complex analyses of the determinants of long term changes and trajectories in health, and b) develop and apply innovative statistical/methodological research to improve longitudinal analysis and adjust for selection and attrition in analyses, thus, improving our and others? ability to utilize ACL and similar longitudinal data; and 5) to understand mechanisms underlying social disparities in morbidity and mortality and the compression thereof.

Funding Period: 05/01/2011 to 05/31/2017

Project website: http://www.isr.umich.edu/acl/

Country of Focus: USA

Search . Browse