Conference: The Real Impact of Loneliness

Thought-Provoking Discussions • Tuesday, May 9 • New York City

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We’re launching our new Creatively Connected Online Film Festival with a Conference, to be held the afternoon of May 9th at NYU Law School in New York City. 

As part of our UnLoneliness Project, the Conference will explore loneliness and isolation from multiple perspectives, bringing together scholars, thought leaders, advocates, clinicians, employers, and a host of others to share ideas, experiences and considerations to better frame and understand this growing personal and community health challenge.

The Conference will feature a series of panels exploring loneliness and isolation in several important populations, among them: older adults and caregivers; military, veterans and their families; employees in the modern workplace.

Conference Agenda and Panelists

NYU Law School • New York City May 9, 2017 • 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm

1:30pm—Welcome and Opening Remarks
Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH; President, Foundation for Art & Healing; Medical Director, NEBGH; Faculty, Center for Primary Care, Harvard Medical School

1:40pm—Expert Overview
What is Loneliness and Why Should You Care: Joshua Smyth, PhD, Biobehavioral Health Department, Penn State University

2pm—Panel One: Military, Veterans and Family
Those who serve to protect us not only face mortal physical danger. Returning back to civilian life after traumatic experiences in the field can come along with other burdens, including feelings of disconnection, alienation, loneliness and isolation, that affect military men and women and also impact their families and friends. How can we better understand this challenge, and importantly, better support those who need assistance?

  • Derek Coy, Veterans’ Health Officer, NYSHealth
  • Ari Lowell, PhD,  Associate Director, Columbia Veterans Research Center
  • Captain Moira McGuire, RN, Walter Reed
  • Michelle D. Stefanelli, DCSW, LCSW, VA Caregiver Peer Support Mentoring

3pm—Panel Two: Workplace Distress; Focus on Loneliness
With loneliness and isolation growing as a social reality, more and more people are bringing those feelings to work. Additionally, job stressors such as increased productivity demands and the rapid, technology-enhanced pace increase workplace distress in general, leaving some workers especially vulnerable to isolation and its negative impact. Moreover, we know that increased connection and engagement has positive benefits in performance and productivity. How can we work effectively to bring some timely solutions to the modern workplace, and where can we begin?

  • Andrew Crighton, M.D. Chief Medical Officer, Prudential Financial
  • Marco Diaz, SVP, Global Head of Benefits, News Corp
  • B. Alan Echtenkamp, Ph.D. Founder, Slingshot Leadership
  • Claire Levitt, Deputy Commissioner, Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations, NYC

4pm—Panel Three: Older Adults, Caregiving, Major Illness
As health and physical challenges increase the longer we live, so does the potential for loneliness and isolation. Older adults often lose touch with far-flung family and friends or can no longer participate in once-fulfilling hobbies and social activities; how can we help them — and those who care for them — make these last years golden?

  • Zubin Eapen, MD, Chief Medical Officer, CareMore
  • Scott Kaiser, MD, Chief Innovation Officer, Motion Picture Television Fund
  • Carla Perissinotto, MD MHS, University of California, San Francisco
  • Charlotte Yeh, MD CMO AARP Services, Inc

4:45pm—Closing Comments—Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH

Conference Co-chairs:

Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH,
President, Foundation for Art & Healing
Faculty, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Joshua Smyth, PhD.,
Distinguished Professor of Biobehavioral Health and Medicine
Penn State University

The conference is open and free to the public with registration.

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