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.
In recent decades, people in the United States and around the world have experienced soaring rates of social isolation, with profound impacts on health and well-being.
The good news is that strong social connections can boost a person's lifespan by 50%.
Through community-led change, we can reshape our neighborhoods to make it easier for people to build meaningful social connections.
Our foundational report Socially Connected Communities: Solutions for Social Isolation offers five recommendations for creating socially connected communities, starting with public spaces, transportation, and housing.
Healthy Places by Design hosts a learning network that brings together local government, community, and philanthropic leaders to explore concepts, ideas, and community-level strategies that reduce social isolation and strengthen social ties, especially for those who are most marginalized. This learning network began in 2020 and the format and topics evolve each year. Please click “Join the Network” to learn more about the current learning network.