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Advancing Social Connections for All

September 23  from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET

Cosponsored with Grantmakers In Aging

In recent decades, rates of social isolation among people of all ages have soared, with profound impacts on health and well-being. Far from being a personal choice, social isolation stems from community designs and systemic injustices that keep people and neighborhoods apart. We must reshape our communities in ways that support meaningful social connection among residents, improve trust between neighbors, and strengthen an overall sense of belonging and community.

A recent report by Healthy Places by Design, Socially Connected Communities: Solutions for Social Isolation, offers five recommendations for creating socially connected communities, starting with public spaces, transportation, and housing.

This discussion covered how philanthropic leaders can support the redesign of community-level systems to advance meaningful social connections. Speakers included Amy Gorn of Mat-Su Health Foundation, Sharon Roerty of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Risa Wilkerson of Healthy Places by Design.