Alliance for Aging Research’s Statement in Support of Making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

Alliance for Aging Research President and CEO Sue Peschin, MHS, released the following statement in response to President Biden signing the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law:

“The Alliance for Aging Research (Alliance) praises the U.S. Congress and the Biden Administration for working together to make Juneteenth National Independence Day a federal holiday. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day that slaves in Galveston, Texas, finally learned that they had been freed by the Emancipation Proclamation more than two years before. All of us at the Alliance encourage policymakers to use this bipartisan moment of recognition as a starting point to make systemic changes needed in this country to address health disparities impacting communities of color. Policymakers must hold our healthcare system accountable for discrimination and its negative effects on access to care and health outcomes. As such, they must also reject any proposed healthcare policies that promote the use of discriminatory assessment methodologies, including the quality-adjusted life year, that would exacerbate inequities. Healthy aging for everyone is within our grasp as a nation if we choose to embrace policies that recognize each other’s infinite dignity and value. Lastly, we call on our many private partners to recognize the Juneteenth holiday with us and provide paid time off to their employees.”

About the Alliance for Aging Research
The Alliance for Aging Research is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the pace of scientific discoveries and their application to vastly improve the universal human experience of aging and health. The Alliance believes advances in research help people live longer, happier, more productive lives and reduce healthcare costs over the long term. For more than 30 years, the Alliance has guided efforts to substantially increase funding and focus for aging at the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration; built influential coalitions to guide groundbreaking regulatory improvements for age-related diseases; and created award-winning, high-impact educational materials to improve the health and well-being of older adults and their family caregivers. For more information, visit

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