Strengthening Social Connectedness
A Visible Network Labs Webinar Series
Join us as we explore innovative ideas and new solutions for addressing inequity in health, education and overall quality of life using a social connectedness approach.
Explore the link between social connectedness and quality of life.
Our new webinar series will include a mix of VNL experts, community partners, researchers, and others with experience involving social connectedness. We will look at the types and causes of adverse connectedness, such as social isolation, discuss the ways it affects different groups and communities, like older adults and children, and explore potential solutions involving technology, policy, and nature.
Webinar Series Schedule
Click a month in the list below to see more information and register for each webinar. There are also links to watch On-Demand recordings for previously completed webinars.
The term social connectedness is getting used a lot these days. As we socially distanced throughout the pandemic, we learned a lot about loneliness, social isolation, and other types of adverse social connectedness. In this introductory webinar held on January 26th, 2022, we discussed what encompasses this broad topic, and shared why it is so important for our health and well-being.
Older adults face a uniquely high level of risk when it comes to social isolation and loneliness. In this VNL webinar we are dug into the causes of adverse connectedness, and discussed exciting new solutions that are helping us strengthen social connectedness. You can watch the webinar anytime using the on-demand link below.
Over the past 9 months, VNL and the Annie E. Casey Foundation worked with a group of youth social support research fellows to better understand how young people think about, build, and leverage their support networks and resources. Join us to hear our fellows present their initial findings as we lead a discussion on ways to strengthen social connectedness among young people.
There are countless organizations working out in the field right now to build support and strengthen social connectedness among young people. In our April webinar, we are gathering several leaders in this effort to share more about their work, and identify best practices and lessons learned. This session is ideal for anyone working with young people who wants to help strengthen social support.
Social isolation and loneliness adversely impacts the health and well-being of many veterans of all ages. It is a particularly important factor in treating veterans for PTSD and reducing the risk of suicide. Join us for a webinar with leaders in the field working to address the problem and strengthen social connectedness among veterans.
Rural communities face dwindling social services, access to specialty care, and limited internet access, contributing to a growing social isolation problem (especially among seniors and veterans). In this webinar we’re talking with leaders in the field of practice and research to share best practices and ideas for addressing social connectedness specifically in rural settings for healthcare, education, and others in the social service and non-profit sectors.
To build social support in communities many organizations utilize a network approach and create coalitions to share resources, coordinate programs, and help each other learn. In this webinar we’re demonstrating the newly updated Community Partner Relationship Manager and showing how you can use it to build smarter, more effective collaboration to help address social isolation and loneliness.
How can we create and leverage federal, state, and local public policy to address social isolation and strengthen support? Join us this September for a discussion with legislators, advocates, and experts in this area to learn more about the problem and some of the leading policy solutions. You’ll gain actionable insights you can bring home to apply to your work and advocacy.
In this interactive webinar, our CEO Dr. Varda will demonstrate the newest version of PARTNERme, our end-to-end social care platform. We will walk through each step of using the tool, from screening patients for social needs and support, analyzing and interpreting their social care plans, and providing targeted community referrals. There will be time for questions and additional exploration as well.
In our final webinar of 2022 we will review the past year and our findings related to strengthening social connectedness. We’ll walk through each of the past webinars to share some of the most interesting tidbits, tips, and insights for you to take back home and apply to your own work. We’ll also include a sneak peek of our 20213 webinar schedule and plans!
Social Connectedness Webinar Archive
Understanding Social Connectedness Among Young Adults: March 2022 Webinar
Social connectedness is a major factor in a young person’s development and growth. From the moment we are first born, we are dependent on a network of social support, including parents, siblings, neighbors, family, and friends. These individuals and organizations serve as mentors and peers,
Strengthening Social Connectedness Among Older Adults: February 2022 Webinar
We have a social connectedness crisis in America among older adults. Studies and surveys show that 1 in 4 people over the age of 50 feel lonely a significant amount of the time, and 1 in 3 are socially isolated. These problems have real, significant
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