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State Desegregation Efforts and Black-White Disparities in Dementia

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Our project will determine if state-level variation in the timing and completeness of school desegregation explains Black-White disparities in cognitive impairment and dementia among older adults who attended school in the US South. We will link historical data on state-level school desegregation efforts to the Health and Retirement Study, a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults over 50. Our project will provide insights into broader trends in dementia prevalence and racial disparities in dementia, allowing us to identify the subgroups at greatest risk for dementia.

Role: Principal Investigator

Funding Agency: Alzheimer’s Association (AARG-NTF-20-684252)

April 2020 - present