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Action Forum

Each year, we convene the best and brightest thought leaders and change-makers from across the globe. Together, we raise the visibility of our nation’s crisis of connection, spotlight ground-breaking innovations, spur commitments to action, and promote real evidence- and system-based change for a more socially connected future.


  • 11:00 AM

    Welcome & Opening Keynote Remarks

    • Goldie Hawn
      Goldie Hawn, Founder of MindUP
  • 11:25 AM

    Loneliness & Connection: Society, Culture, & Religion

    • Tyler VanderWeele
      Tyler VanderWeele, Director of The Harvard Human Flourishing Project
    • Teresa Cutts
      Dr. Teresa Cutts, Research Assistant Professor at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine
    • Gary Gunderson
      Dr. Gary Gunderson, Professor at the Wake Forest University Schools of Medicine and Divinity
    • Eunice Nichols
      Eunice Nichols, Co-CEO of Encore.org
  • 12:00 PM

    Federal Perspectives

    • Erin McDonald
      Erin McDonald, Equitable Long-Term Recovery & Resilience Plan Lead, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    • Doug Jacobs
      Doug Jacobs, Chief Transformation Officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • 12:25 PM

    Global Outlook

    • Beatrice L'Hombres
      Beatrice L’Hombres, Research & Policy Analyst, Joint Research Center European Commission
    • Christopher Mikton
      Christopher Mikton, Technical Officer, World Health Organization (WHO)
    • Michelle Lim Headshot
      Michelle Lim, Co-Director, Global Initiative on Loneliness and Connection (GILC)
  • 1:00 PM

    NCQA: Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS)

    • Adrianna Nava
      Adrianna Nava, Research Scientist, The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
  • 1:00 PM

    Making the Business Case

    • Patrick Gordon
      Patrick Gordon, CEO, Rocky Mountain Health Plans (RMHP)
  • 1:25 PM

    Hearing from the Hill

    • Nikki Fried
      Commissioner Nikki Fried (FL)
    • Ron Nirenburg
      Mayor Ron Nirenburg (TX)
    • Mayor Brandon Scott
      Mayor Brandon Scott (MD)
    • John Curtis
      Representative John Curtis (UT)
    • Linda Sanchez
      Representative Linda Sanchez (CA)
  • 11:00 AM

    Welcome and Opening Keynote Remarks

    • Julia Hartz
      Julia Hartz, Co-Founder & CEO, Eventbrite
  • 11:30 AM

    A SOCIAL Framework: Research and Evidence in Practice

    • Julianne Holt Lunstad Headshot
      Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Brigham Young University
    • Mark Van Ryzin Headshot
      Dr. Mark Van Ryzin, Research Associate Professor, University of Oregon College of Education
  • 11:30 AM

    Loneliness & Isolation: The Lived Experience

    • Aaron Kahlow
      Aaron Kahlow, Social Health Advocate
    • Simone Heng
      Simone Heng, Human Connection Specialist and Author
  • 12:00 PM

    Spotlight on Older Adults

    • Jeremy Holloway PhD
      Jeremy Holloway, Assistant Professor & Director, University of North Dakota, Geriatric Education
  • 12:15 PM

    Exploring New Solutions

    • Luke Wall
      Luke Wall, Executive Director, Only7Seconds
    • David Butler
      David Butler, Co-Creator, Hey You
    • Laura Sniderman
      Laura Sniderman, Founder, Kinnd
    • Miriam Kirmayer
      Dr. Miriam Kirmayer, Clinical Psychologist and Friendship Expert
  • 12:45 PM

    Innovations in the Private Sector

    • Kristine Gloria
      Kristine Gloria, Social Impact Entrepreneur
    • Andrew Parker
      Andrew Parker, Founder & CEO, Papa
    • Linda Jiang
      Linda Jiang, Head of Strategy and Government Partnerships, Lyft Healthcare
    • Boaz Gaon
      Boaz Gaon, Founder & CEO, Wisdo Health
  • 1:15 PM

    Finding Help to Feel Far From Alone

    • Janie Ahner Headshot
      Janie Ahner, Account Executive, Findhelp
    • Katie Holcomb
      Katie Holcomb, Population Health Strategy Lead, Humana
    • Benita Koyton
      Benita Koyton, Care Manager, Humana
  • 1:45 PM

    Spotlight on Social Connection in Youth and Young Adults

    • Valerie GrisonAlsop
      Valerie Grison Alsop, Founder & Executive Director, Give Us the Floor
    • Carrie Patterson
      Carrie Patterson, Managing Director, MindUP
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      Julia Esposito, Junior Adult Advisor, Give Us the Floor
    • Frederick Riley
      Frederick Riley, Executive Director, Weave: The Social Fabric Project at the Aspen Institute
    • Ruth Mondesir
      Ruth Mondesir, Allyship & Inclusion Representative, Beyond Differences
    • Sophie Grasser
      Sophie Grasser, Allyship & Inclusion Representative, Beyond Differences
  • 11:00 AM

    Marcia Slater Johnston Award

    • Phyllis Mitzen
      Phyllis Mitzen, Consultant, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group
    • Maureen Feldman
      Maureen Feldman, Director of Social Isolation Impact Project, The Motion Picture and Television Fund
    • Kasley Killam
      Kasley Killam, Founder, Social Health Labs
    • Marie Jobling, Founder and Co-Executive Director, Community Living Campaign (CLC)
  • 11:10 AM

    Spotlight on Community Action

    • Risa Wilkerson, Executive Director, Healthy Places by Design
    • Mark Meridy
      Mark Meridy, Executive Director, DOROT
    • Katie Wade
      Katie Wade, Senior Director of Creative Engagement, Front Porch
    • Vira Salzburn
      Vira Salzburn, Program Director of Safety & Resilience Programs, Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council
  • 11:45 AM

    Philanthropy in Action: Local to Global

    • Uma Viswanathan
      Uma Viswanathan, Executive Director, New Pluralists
    • Sharon Roerty
      Sharon Roerty, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    • Jon Gruber headshot
      Jon Gruber, Strategy Lead, Einhorn Collaborative
  • 11:45 AM

    Workplace Loneliness & Connection

    • Karen Moseley Headshot
      Karen Moseley, President & CEO, Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO)
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      Jessica Grossmeier, Author
    • Ben Marks
      Ben Marks, Founder & Executive Director, #WorkAnywhere Campaign
  • 12:30 PM

    Meals on Wheels: Enhancing Your Social Connection Programs

    • Jane Yuhasz
      Jane Yuhasz, Training & Implementation Manager, Real Services Inc.
    • Laura Belazis headshot
      Laura Belazis, Senior Director of Strategy & Impact, Meals on Wheels America
  • 1:00 PM

    UnLonely Films: A Powerful Way to Connect

    • Jeremy Nobel
      Jeremy Nobel, Founder & President, Foundation for Art & Healing
  • 1:30 PM

    Our Closing Remarks and Commitments to Action

    • Andrew MacPherson Headshot
      Andrew MacPherson, Founder and Board Chair of the Coalition to End Social Isolation & Loneliness
    • Eddie Garcia Headshot
      Eddie Garcia, Vice Chair of the Foundation for Social Connection
  • 1:15 PM

    Fireside Chat with U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy

    • Dr. Vivek Murthy
    • Ron Nirenburg
      Mayor Ron Nirenburg (TX)

Commitments to Action

One of the main goals of our annual End Social Isolation and Loneliness Action Forum is to spur nationwide organizational commitments to action.

Each year, we aim to engage more stakeholders and inspire more commitments. In 2022, we were proud to highlight sixteen commitments from our friends at Humana, UnitedHealthcare, the AARP Foundation, ACTNow for Mental Health, Peoplehood, Wider Circle, The Motion Picture & Television Fund, DOROT, USAging, Building H, the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation, NeverTechLate, and Visible Network Labs!

The Marcia Slater Johnston Award

For Outstanding Leadership in Community-Based Efforts to Reduce Social Isolation and Loneliness

Congratulations to the inaugural awardee, Marie Jobling, Founder & Co-Executive Director of Community Living Campaign (CLC). Marie works to bring greater joy, health, and connectedness to seniors and people with disabilities through community-building, empowerment, and advocacy. On behalf of the Foundation for Social Connection (F4SC) and the Coalition to End Social Isolation & Loneliness (CESIL), we thank Marie for carrying on Marcia’s legacy and fostering social connection in her community.

Check Out Highlights from the 2022 Event!

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2021 Action Forum

In 2021, the Foundation focused on raising awareness for the global crisis of connection, advocating for national policies, and activating local leaders to affect change in their communities. Audience members learned about efforts made by various levels of government, the role of technology in these efforts, the business and public health case for greater social connection. The event concluded with the announcement of organization-wide commitments to action.

2020 Action Forum

In 2020, the Action Forum convened our Scientific Advisory Council, federal leaders, community organizations, and international partners to increase the visibility of the social isolation and loneliness crisis. The event identified key innovations and inspired commitments to action to overcome social isolation and loneliness.

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