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Racial/ethnic disparities in life expectancy are well known, with particular disadvantage for black Americans, but scientists have not considered the potential damage to survivors; this project will focus on those survivors to provide the first population-based analysis of race/ethnic differences in exposure to the death of multiple family members over the life course and how those exposures contribute to racial/ethnic disparities in health and mortality across the life course. This project is designed to produce results that will ground specific policy and intervention strategies to reduce racial/ethnic disparities in health, thus captures the spirit of Healthy People 2020 and advances the general goals of NIH.

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