Social Connectedness Blog
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We create our social connectedness blog to help our users understand network concepts, metrics and ideas. Some examples include social isolation and loneliness, the effects of adverse connectedness, communication, facilitation, trust and power. We’re always adding new social connectedness blogs too – check back regularly!
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The Kickoff of Our 2022 Strengthening Social Connectedness Webinar Series Was a Success!
In the first installment of our 2022 Strengthening Social Connectedness Webinar Series, titled Social Connectedness: Creating Clarity on Key Concepts, our Founder & CEO, Dr. Danielle Varda, along with Dr. Rose Y. Hardy, our Network Data Scientist, provided answers and insight into some foundational and
Strengthening Social Connectedness Among Young People: A Solution to the Mental Health Crisis?
America is experiencing an epidemic – no, not COVID. It is facing an epidemic of youth mental health issues, which have grown considerably over the past decade. As described by U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, “Before the pandemic, one in three high school students reported
Screening for Social Needs Provides Important Insights That Must Be Led With Empathy
The Social Determinants of Health, and the values, tactics, and infrastructure necessary for support and patient success are important and trending topics in the health policy world. The conditions in which people are born, grow up, live, and work account for up to 80 percent
How Two Mental Health Centers are Taking a Strengths-Based Approach to Fill Gaps in Social Support
Numerous studies demonstrate that social connectedness has a major impact on mental health and wellness. Our family and friends provide emotional support, connect us with resources and assistance, and help us live healthier lives. That’s why we joined with two mental health centers here in
What is Social Isolation? Definitions, Risk, Impact, and Solutions
The past year of COVID quarantines and isolation has reaffirmed the importance of social connectedness in our lives. However, it has also exacerbated the issue of social isolation, with studies suggesting record levels of isolation and loneliness in the United States and around the world.
Using a Strength-based Approach for Social Support Screening: 5 Tips for Success
As many clinics and hospitals begin implementing screening programs for the social determinants of health, best practices are being identified and spread from site to site. Many providers have demonstrated the impact of taking a strength-based approach to social need screening and referrals. While SDOH
What Are the Social Determinants of Health?
Only 10-20% of our health outcomes are determined by what happens in a medical clinic. You read that right. Just 10-20%! The other 80-90% results from our health behaviors, where we live, and other factors like access to housing, food, and social support. We call
The Ethics of Social Network Analysis: What Could Go Wrong?
“Any tool can be used for good or bad. It’s really the ethics of the analyst using it.” ⏤ John Knoll Tweet Believe it or not, social network analysis has a lot of ethical pitfalls you might be unaware of. Unlike traditional survey research, social
How I Learned Interdependence is a Strength, Not a Weakness
“Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of mankind as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being.” Mohandas Gandhi Tweet Here at VNL, we talk a lot about the importance the importance of social support and connectedness. However, for many of us, this
SDOH Screening Tools: 5 Key Factors to Consider
The importance of the social determinants of health is becoming more and more well-known among healthcare providers and practitioners. By helping patients meet their social needs like housing, transportation, food security and education, research suggests we can improve their overall health and well-being in ways
PARTNERme Pilots Are Making an Impact for Colorado Patients & Providers
The past year of the pandemic and social distancing has clearly deemonstratted the importance of social connectedness in determining health and well-being outcomes. At VNL, our years of systems mapping has included research and development specifically to develop tools for providers to use this knowledge
More Than Social Isolation: 3 Different Types of Adverse Social Connectedness
After the past year of social distancing and isolation, the importance of social connections have never been so vividly clear to so many. With loved ones unable to meet face-to-face, friendships difficult to maintain, and social isolation on the rise, it has become quite obvious