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Ruth Finkelstein, ScD is the Senior Vice President for Policy and Planning at The New York Academy of Medicine, where she directs policy initiatives to promote healthy aging, to improve population health by preventing disease, and to reduce health disparities. Dr. Finkelstein has over thirty years experience in health policy, planning and research, largely focused on improving health for vulnerable populations. She led successful efforts to adopt community rating and other insurance reforms in New York State. One of the architects of the original Ryan White CARE Act, Dr. Finkelstein has authored policy studies that have influenced changes during each reauthorization cycle. She currently directs the Age-friendly New York City initiative (a joint project with the Mayor’s Office and the City Council) and is the Director of the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Centre on Aging, Globalization and Urbanization. Dr. Finkelstein holds a doctorate in health policy from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.
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