Ruth Finkelstein

Assistant Professor, Columbia University

FinkelsteinAs Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management and Associate Director of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center, Ruth translates interdisciplinary scientific knowledge on aging and its societal implications into policy-focused practice. The goal of the her aging policy work is to maximize productivity, quality of life, and health across the life course. She also serves as director of ILC-USA, as well as directing the Age Smart Employer Awards program funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. With over thirty years of experience in health policy, planning and research, focused on promoting health for vulnerable populations, she is an expert in health care financing, HIV/AIDS care, and drug policy. Ruth has also provided technical assistance to cities around the world on planning, implementation, and evaluating systems-level aging initiatives. She received her Doctor of Science from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.