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Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness—Partner Engagement Survey, F-02782 (03/2021)

Overview

Social isolation and loneliness are on the rise in the U.S. and have significant physical, emotional, and psychological impacts—especially among older adults and people with disabilities. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the issue; however, it has long been recognized as a serious public health problem.

A group of organizations, including AARP, the Department of Health Services, the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging, the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, and the Wisconsin Association of Senior Centers, have organized to form a Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness in Wisconsin. The mission of the coalition is to engage diverse partners in reimagining how we can combat the root causes and adverse consequences of social isolation and loneliness among older adults and people with disabilities in our state.

The coalition is committed to leading with equity and aims to: 
  • Raise awareness of loneliness as a public health issue and the actions that can be taken to improve connections and a sense of purpose.
  • Create a research-driven knowledge base to support and inform the coalition.
  • Improve detection and access to meaningful and culturally relevant resources and services.
  • Advocate for public policy solutions that combat the root causes and adverse consequences of social isolation and loneliness.

One organization cannot meet these objectives independently. Success relies on the involvement of our community, medical, social, advocacy, and provider networks. Using a collective impact approach, the coalition seeks to support diverse organizations and individuals who are already working in our communities to end social isolation and loneliness. The coalition is overseeing the launch of four specialized workgroups to address the four objectives, and we invite you to join us in this work.