Olivia Dean

Olivia Dean, MPH, is a senior policy advisor at the AARP Public Policy Institute. Her areas of expertise include public health, food insecurity, individual health coverage, and health equity. Read her full biography.
Health coverage is unaffordable for many older adults. Extending tax credits would help.
Nearly half of Americans ages 65+ have prediabetes, but most don't know it.
The pandemic is disproportionately impacting Native Americans, but the full extent is unknown due to a lack of data.
Here’s what we know about older SNAP households and what they need at this point to weather the pandemic.
Increased need calls for higher SNAP benefits during COVID-19.
Black female doctor showing digital tablet to senior patient
Policy makers should take immediate steps to reduce the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black and Hispanic adults.
Rural hospital sign
Rural areas are being hit hard by COVID-19. The CARES Act can help, but more will be needed.
An older man wearing a protective face mask chooses a shopping cart at the supermarket
SNAP, formerly "food stamps," needs additional investments and flexibility to respond to the pandemic.
Recently passed legislation will allow food programs to ramp up home meal delivery.
Urban elderly
One in four older black and Hispanic Medicare beneficiaries is food insecure.
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