Eradicate social isolation

WP7Social isolation is a silent killer—as dangerous to health as smoking. National and global health organizations have underscored the hidden, deadly, and pervasive hazards stemming from feeling alone and abandoned. Our challenge is to educate the public on this health hazard, encourage health and human service professionals to

address social isolation, and promote effective ways to

deepen social connections and community for people of all

ages. [See Brief Description]


Our Leadership

Network Co-Leads to Eradicate Social Isolation: Suzanne BrownSandra Edmunds Crewe, Michelle Munson, and Erika Sabbath

James Lubben, Co-Lead Emeritus

Elizabeth Tracy, Co-Lead Emeritus


Find out who is involved with the Grand Challenge to Eradicate Social Isolation.

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Policy Recommendations

Brown, S., Casey, E. A., Crewe, S. E., Gironda, M., Johnson, C., Lubben, J., … Tracy, E. (2016, September). Policy recommendations for meeting the Grand Challenge to Eradicate Social Isolation (Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative Policy Brief No. 5). Cleveland, OH: American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare.


Boston College Talks Aging: Social Isolation

AARP Foundation Priority Area: Social Isolation

Social Isolation: Effects and Solutions

Framework for Isolation in Adults Over 50

Lubben Social Network Scale

Campaign to End Loneliness

Conferences and Events

Grand Challenges Faculty Development Institute: Eradicate Social Isolation CSWE, Dallas, TX, Oct. 19, 2017 – Teaching Resources


What if doctors could prescribe something to treat social isolation in seniors? It’s happening now in Silicon Valley

Your relationships are just as important to your health as diet and exercise

Health Aging: Preventing Isolation

Isolation seen as critical social problem

 Harvard researchers discovered the one thing everyone needs for happier, healthier lives

How to build the ‘village’ you need as a caregiver

Researchers confront an epidemic of loneliness


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