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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

Columbia Aging Center’s Associate Director Named Influencer in Aging

Dr. Ruth Finkelstein, associate director of the Columbia Aging Center and assistant professor of Health Policy and Management at the Mailman School of Public Health, was named one of Next Avenue 2016 Influencers in Aging, a list of 50 innovators and thought leaders who are changing how we age and think about aging in America.


[Photo: Dr. Ruth Finkelstein]

With 30 years experience in health policy, planning and research, Dr. Finkelstein focuses on aging policy work to maximize productivity, quality of life, and health across the life course. She has been named one of the nation’s “Game Changers” by Metropolis Magazine for her leadership on the Age-friendly NYC initiative, which won the 2013 award for “The Best Existing Age Friendly Initiative in the World” from the International Federation on Aging, as well as the Archstone Award for Excellence in Program Innovation from the American Public Health Association. Dr. Finkelstein also directs the Age Smart Employer Awards program funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Prior to joining Columbia, Dr. Finkelstein was the senior vice president for Policy and Planning at The New York Academy of Medicine.

The list of 50 innovators also includes Lesley Stahl, newscaster and author of the book Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting; Anne Basting, theater artist and educator who uses creative engagement to address the challenges of aging, and a 2016 MacArthur genius grant awardee; Columbia assistant professor of Medicine, Dr. Siddhartha Mukjerjee, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer; and Mailman School Board member Dr. Debra Whitman, AARP chief Public Policy Officer.

Experts in health, money, work, living and care-giving, along with readers and editors of Next Avenue, nominated and voted on the Influencers in Aging who had the greatest impact in 2016.

Next Avenue 2016 Influencers in Aging