The Health Sector

The SOCIAL Framework in the Health Sector

Clinical and population health provide touchpoints to identify individuals who are socially disconnected and provide them with the resources and support they need.

Our Report – The SOCIAL Framework in The Health Sector: Clinical and Population Health – explores approaches, policies, and unmet needs to address social isolation and loneliness through the health sector.


  • Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Brigham Young University, Council Chair
  • Juan Albertorio-Diaz, CDC Statistician, Vice Chair
  • Dr. Carla Perissinotto, Professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco
  • Dr. Eden Litt, UX Researcher, Meta Dr. Louise Hawkley, Principal Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago
  • Dr. Matthew Pantell, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, UCSF
  • Dr. Matthew Smith, Co-Director, Center for Population Health and Aging & Associate Professor, Texas A&M University
  • Dr. Thomas Cudjoe, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Dr. Nicole Ellison, Professor at School of Information, University of Michigan
  • Dr. Harry Reis, Professor of Clinical and Social Psychology, University of Rochester
  • Dr. Mark Van Ryzin, Research Associate Professor, University of Oregon
  • Edward Garcia III, MPH, Founder & Board Chair, The Foundation for Social Connection
  • Jillian Racoosin, MPH, Deputy Executive Director, The Foundation for Social Connection
  • Mia Hernandez, Social Connection Fellow, The Foundation for Social Connection
  • Matthew Itzkowitz, JD, Policy Manager, The Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness

Framework in Action

A brief overview of how the Foundation is putting the framework into action:

Embed Multi-Sector Approach

We connect partners from different sectors and levels of influence to support united, multi-sector work.

Support Implementation

Through our innovation work, we share evidence-based strategies and learnings with partners who can implement and test approaches shared in the SOCIAL Framework Reports.

Inform Policy

Our research informs policy development at our sister organization, The Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness.

Are you putting the framework in action? We’d love to learn how!

If you are designing, implementing, researching, or testing a solution for social connectedness through the health sector, we’d love to learn more! Please contact us and share what you are doing to advance social connection.

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