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We work with local leaders to strengthen social connectedness within their communities through strategies that build relationships between neighbors, improve trust, and foster an overall sense of community and belonging.

What's New?

Webinars are held on a bi-monthly basis and provide opportunities to learn about socially connected communities. The one-hour webinars will present key and emerging content and community examples on focused topics, and explore intersections between social connection and community/societal wellbeing topics. The webinars are for community-focused change agents (i.e., government, nonprofit, community, philanthropy), members of existing and emerging local- and state-level coalitions/partnerships, and anyone else working to reduce social isolation and loneliness, and strengthen the social fabric in communities. The current schedule with topics are listed above.

Join us immediately following each webinar for a one-hour discussion group to explore ways to take action and apply newly gained strategies within communities. Participants will have the opportunity to dive deeper with webinar speakers and other attendees who are working to improve social connections in communities.

A link to join the post-webinar discussion group is provided during each live webinar. Interested participants are encouraged to put a hold on their calendars from 4-5 pm EST on each webinar date.

Register for the May 29 Session

Save the date! The webinar recording, slide deck, and Resource Guide from the March session on economic health will be released on April 10, 2024.

Socially Connected Communities Network

Bi-monthly webinars provide opportunities to learn about socially connected communities. These one-hour webinars will present key and emerging content and community examples on focused topics, and explore intersections between social connection and community/societal wellbeing topics. The webinars are for community-focused change agents (i.e., government, nonprofit, community, philanthropy), members of existing and emerging local- and state-level coalitions/partnerships, and anyone else working to reduce social isolation and loneliness, and strengthen the social fabric in communities.

Immediately following each webinar, attendees can join a one-hour discussion group to dive deeper with the webinar speakers and other attendees who are working to improve social connections in communities. The purpose is to explore ways to apply ideas and strategies learned in the webinar within their communities. 

A link to join the post-webinar discussion group is provided during each live webinar. Interested participants are encouraged to put a hold on their calendars from 4-5 pm EST on each webinar date.

Resource Guides are a companion piece to the webinars and discussion group sessions that provide a summary of key points and useful links. Co-developed by Healthy Places by Design and webinar guests, the Resource Guides provide easy access to key information about social connections sub-topics for anyone interested in improving socially connected communities. 

Access the Socially Connected Communities Network Resource Guides.

Peer Connection Sessions are affinity-style virtual meetings where people who are working in similar ways or focused on similar sub-topics can connect for learning, exchange, and problem solving. Healthy Places by Design hosts and facilitates Peer Connection Sessions based on emerging interests.  

Contact us to share ideas for future Peer Connection Sessions. 

Socially Connected Communities Network Events

Healthy Places by Design is a convener for socially connected communities. 

Our Socially Connected Communities Network builds and supports mobilization that results in more socially connected and equitable communities.

The Network has four components, designed to meet a variety of learning styles and collaboration formats.

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Social connection is vital to healthy and equitable communities.

Read the report

Social isolation is rooted in community design, social norms, and systemic injustices that keep people and neighborhoods apart. People in our country and around the world experience soaring rates of social isolation and disconnectedness, with profound impacts on the health and wellbeing of communities. The good news is that strong social connections can boost a person’s survival rate by 50%, and there are viable solutions for improving opportunities for social connection in communities.

Healthy Places by Design is a resource for informing the field and supporting communities and those who invest in them to improve socially connected communities.

The Socially Connected Communities: Solutions for Social Isolation report is the first of its kind to raise the issue from individual to community solutions. Learn more about our Socially Connected Communities Network for ways to engage in a variety of our services to support community transformation.

Communities in Action

With support from Einhorn Collaborative, Healthy Places by Design, the Foundation for Social Connection (F4SC), and Harvard University's Human Flourishing Program have launched the Action Guide for Building Socially Connected Communities, an interactive toolkit designed to provide local leaders and change makers with a road map for promoting meaningful social connection and belonging for community flourishing.

With this interactive toolkit, we invite you to bring together local leaders and members within your community to co-create effective, sustainable social connection action plans. Join us as we work to build connected communities across the nation!

Healthy Places by Design supports action that leads to more socially connected communities. Learn more from the communities we’ve partnered with:

Activating Boston

Supporting Black Health through Socially Connected Communities, Charlotte, NC

Supporting Social Connections in the Mat-Su Borough, Alaska

 

Let’s talk about ways to work together to improve socially connected communities!

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