Join Us for this Conference on Innovative Solutions:

Addressing Loneliness Throughout Our Communities

May 9, 2018 • 1:30 to 5:00 PM
Alvin Ailey Dance Center • 405 W 55th Street, NYC

As attention towards loneliness and isolation grows, much of the activity to address it is organized around specific at-risk populations like older adults, youth at risk, or the marginalized. While this is understandable as a starting point, we see a timely opportunity to explore the loneliness challenges and connection opportunities across silos and populations, examining cross-cutting issues, identifying universal barriers to change, and identifying essential characteristics of innovative and scalable solutions.

What also makes the UnLonely Film Festival Conference unique is its integration of both the arts and sciences in a search for a better understanding of what loneliness truly is, how it impacts and alters lives, and how it can best be addressed. Drawing on quantitative and qualitative research, as well as “real world”  evidence and testimonies, we will go beyond the usual ways of approaching this complex topic.  

We are confident that our creative and innovative conference program will successfully address loneliness and its challenges in ANY at-risk group, and be useful for those developing and delivering programs and solutions as well as those who would benefit from them.

Conference Co-chairs

Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH
Founder & President
Foundation for Art & Healing
Faculty, Harvard Medical School

Julianne Holt-Lunstad, PhD
Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience
Brigham Young University

Browse the Conference Agenda and Confirmed Speakers

1:30 PM | Opening Dedications and Overview of the Day

  • Conference Co-Chairs will provide an overview of the loneliness landscape; a review and orientation to current research; and a public health framework

2:00 PM | Signals of Optimism: Lights on the Leading Edge

  • A review and discussion of examples of promising programs, already out in the field

3:00 PM |  Navigating Reality: Understanding Obstacles and Creating Opportunity

  • A deep dive into real-world considerations and constraints; a pragmatic exploration of strategies and tactics to create a sense of urgency and opportunity

4:00 PM | Breaking Through: Innovations and Game Changers

  • New approaches needed! Leveraging the forcing functions and innovations that can be catalysts and accelerators for making and sustaining breakthrough progress

4:45 PM | A Call to Action: Getting from “Dream” to “Done”

  • A summary of the day’s discussion and a review of potential steps forward to promote and achieve coordinated effective action across the loneliness spectrum

5:00 PM | Close

Confirmed Speakers Include:

    • Joseph Behen, Ph.D. Executive Director, Counseling, Health, and Disability Services, SAIC
    • Mitra Behroozi, JD, Executive Director, 1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds.
    • Alice Bennett, Associate State Director-Community Outreach, AARP Georgia
    • Derek Coy, Veterans Health Officer, New York State Health Foundation
    • Marco Diaz, SVP, Global Head of Benefits at News Corp
    • Kathryn Haslanger, CEO, JASA
    • Scott Kaiser, MD, Chief Innovation Officer, Motion Picture Television Fund
    • Claire Levitt, Deputy Commissioner at Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations, City of NY
    • Charles R. Marmar, MD, Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine
    • Ruth Oratz, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine, NYU/Langone
    • Carla Perissinotto, MD, MPH, Geriatrician, UCSF Medical Center
    • Allison Smith, MPA, Assistant Director, Population Health at New York University
    • Keith Winick, Director of Health & Wellness and Analytics, Prudential

Think of this conference as your ticket to connect!

Especially relevant for these key stakeholders:

  • Executive Leadership
  • Program Designers & Managers
  • Researchers
  • Social Workers
  • Foundations
  • Clinicians
  • Administrators
  • Advocates

The goal of this conference is to increase awareness of the challenges while identifying opportunities to move forward with measurable, effective, sustainable and scalable solutions.

Loneliness and social isolation have reached epidemic proportion, touching every segment of society. In order to fully understand what’s at stake, we will dive deep and explore loneliness and isolation from a multi-stakeholder perspective, in several especially vulnerable populations:

  • Older Adults
  • Veterans and Active Duty Military
  • Workplace Populations and
  • College Campus Communities

Of particular importance are a number of compelling cross-cutting issues, deeply connected to loneliness and social isolation:

  • Caregiving
  • Opioids and Addiction
  • Stigma and
  • Scalable Solutions

In an effort to reach a broad audience, we are pleased to announce that through the generosity of our sponsors and supporters, there is no charge to attend this event.

Exciting New Venue!

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

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