Research Mixer: Work and Later Life Course Health

Please join the Life Course Center at the University of Minnesota for a virtual research mixer! 

Wednesday, October 27th  |  10:00 - 11:00 am CST |  Zoom Link

Following the panel discussion, we’ll take a quick break and then there will be time to discuss potential research ideas starting at 11:15 am [same Zoom link].

The goal is to stimulate collaborative interdisciplinary research on work as a social determinant of health/well-being -- and of disparities in both social inclusion and health/well-being -- among older Americans.  Work is defined broadly including paid work and self-employment, but also family caregiving and volunteer work. 

To jumpstart ideas we have invited three experts in the field to the research mixer. We will then open up the meeting for a wide-ranging conversation responding to your questions, comments and interests, as well as fruitful data sources, and possible next steps.

We will be joined by:

  • Dr. Bruce Link, Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Sociology at the University of California Riverside and Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University.  He is best known for his work on the social determinants of health and is interested in policy issues.  

  • Dr. Mo Wang, Lanzillotti-McKethan Eminent Scholar Chair at the Warrington College of Business at University of Florida. He is currently the editor-in-chief for the journal, Work, Aging and Retirement. He specializes in research areas of retirement and older worker employment, occupational health psychology, expatriate and newcomer adjustment, leadership and team processes, and advanced quantitative methodologies.

  • Dr. Rada Dagher, Scientific Program Director at NIMHD. She helped organize an earlier NIMHD workshop on diversities in work and health (“Role of Work in Health Disparities in the US) that led to a call for proposals PAR-21-275, The Role of Work in Health Disparities in the US.   Dr. Dagher manages a diverse portfolio of research, capacity building, and training grants, and is a project scientist on several cooperative agreement awards.