The Network on Life Course Health Dynamics & Disparities in 21st Century America is a group network of junior and senior scientists at the forefront of research on the social determinants of US population health and health disparities. The group has been developed by senior scientists at 4 instituions: University of Michigan, University of Southern California, University of Texas, Austin, and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill).

The network's activities are aimed at significantly improving scientific understanding of important trends and disparities in population health. Three salient trends that are being addressed are.

  1. a striking decline in the rate of increase in life expectancy among American women
  2. increasing socioeconomic (SES) differences in health and mortality in the U.S., especially by education
  3. a recent decrease in the black-white gap in life expectancy

We seek to better understand the causes of these trends and their implications for the future.

News & Events

Grant Funded

The Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities in 21st Century America (R24AG045061) is funded by the NIH National Institute on Aging. There are 4 participating sites: University of Michigan (House), University of Southern California (Crimmins), University of Texas at Austin (Hayward) and University of North Carolina (Hummer), with the administrative site at Michigan.

In addition, the NLCHDD has received co-funding and sponsorship for its activities from MiCDA (Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging) . which is funded through NIH/NIA via grant # P30AG012846

New R01

Congratulations to Jennifer Montez (Year 1 Pilot Grant Awardee) on the successful funding of an R01 grant from NIA (R01AG055481) to continue research work on "Educational Attainment, Geography, and U.S. Adult Mortality Risk."  This is a five year award beginning 9/15/17 and includes as collaborators, network members Mark Hayward, Anna Zajacova, Jason Beckfield, and Steven Woolf.

Crimmins elected to National Academy of Sciences

Co-director Eileen Crimmins was elected to the National Academy of Sciences(NAS) on May 4, 2016. She joins Co-Director James House, who was elected to NAS in 2007. Both are also elected members of the National Academy of Medicine of NAM (formerly the Institute of Medicine). NAS and NAM are two of the three constituents of the National Acadmies Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Upcoming Annual Meeting 2018

The 4th Annual Meeting of the NLCHDD will be held on April 28-29th, 2018 at the University of Colorado-Boulder, following the PAA meeting in Denver. Important information re. the event, lodging and ground transportation can be found here:

Important Information

Walking Map


Attendees List

Although the RSVP deadline has passed and space is tight, please contact Barb Strane ( bstrane at umich dot edu ) in the event of possible openings.

Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals for Year 5 pilot grants will be announced in Winter 2018.