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Strengthening Social Connectedness: Creating Clarity on Key Concepts

What is social connectedness, and how is it different from social isolation and loneliness? How does connectedness impact our health, and why is it so critically important? As we continue to work our way through the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are asking these questions about our relationships with others. As social distancing and quarantines forced apart in ways few have previously experienced, we gained a new appreciation for our connectedness – and a concern about the future from a social support perspective.

In the first webinar in our new series, “Strengthening Social Connectedness to Promote Health and Well-Being” we are building a foundation and creating clarity on some key concepts and tenets of social connectedness research and network science. With guests to share unique perspectives on why this work matters, you’ll leave with new tools, terms, and ideas to use in your work.

Meet our Webinar Speakers!

Dr. Danielle Varda

Dr. Danielle Varda,

CEO & Founder,
Visible Network Labs

Dr. Rose Y. Hardy

Dr. Rose Hardy,

Network Data Scientist,
Visible Network Labs

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Meet Our Webinar Hosts:

The Center on Network Science is an active hub of network research, evaluation, and education and is dedicated to serving as a resource for communities, organizations, faculty, staff, and, students. Our goal is to build knowledge, skills, and tools for network leaders and managers to be able to use data to understand their networks, inform decisions, and improve collaboration. 

Visible Network Labs is a team of network scientists, developers, data analysts, evaluators and technologists working together with a shared mission: building society’s capacity to transform and strengthen social connectedness at all levels of life. We focus on creating new tools, training and services that make network science and analysis accessible to those who need it most.

Learn More About our Network Leadership Webinar Series:

Every month at VNL, we invite one of our staff or community partners to present on network leadership topic they specialize in. We cover a broad range of areas, from building new networks and partnerships, managing them strategically, and evaluating collaboration to demonstrate impact and improve over time. If you are interested in presenting at a Network Leader Webinar in the future, please contact our team to discuss your ideas in greater depth.