Kate Duchowny is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco.  She recently completed her doctorate in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where she was a member of the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health. Kate's work lies at the intersection of social epidemiology, gerontology and public health. The goal of her research is to understand the social determinants of muscle weakness across diverse older adult populations and to examine its consequences for longevity and independence in later life. The ultimate aim of this work is to alter the long-term health trajectory of Americans as they age and to develop interventions leading to more positive outcomes in later life.