Welcome to the Coalition Blog

A place for innovators and thought leaders to share their insights on how we can mitigate social isolation & loneliness.

  • The Healing Effects of Social Connection and Community

    In May, United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy released “Our Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation,” an Advisory warning about the public health crisis that loneliness, isolation, and disconnection pose to the American public. Loneliness and isolation are widespread, with approximately half of adults in…

  • Connections at the Capitol: A Reflection

    The Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness was proud to activate and call out for change to create a more socially connected society in honor of Global Loneliness Awareness Week 2023. Loneliness Awareness Week, founded and pioneered by our partners at the Marmalade Trust…

  • Jillian Racoosin on Crossing the Chasm Podcast

    “We believe that social isolation is not a personal choice or individual problem, but it’s really one that’s rooted in community design, social norms, and systemic injustices.”  – Jillian Racoosin, Executive Director, Foundation for Social Connection and the Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness…

  • National Nurses Week: Recognizing the Post-Pandemic Burnout Crisis

    This year National Nurses Week, an annual holiday to recognize the millions of nurses whose dedicated care is essential to our healthcare system, happens to coincide with the last week of the national COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) declaration. It’s impossible to overstate the impact…

  • Introducing the New Surgeon General’s Advisory

    On behalf of the Foundation for Social Connection, the Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness, our membership, scientific council, and partners, we stand together with the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy in calling on government officials to invest in pro-social connection policies and to mend…

  • Introducing Our 2023-2024 Policy Priorities

    In 2021, over half of adult Americans (58%) reported being lonely. Research shows that social isolation and loneliness increase the risk for a variety of different physical and mental conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, dementia, immune and respiratory illnesses, and even death. Finding opportunities…

  • Social Isolation I Experienced as a First Generation College Student

    As a first generation college student of color from a low-income background that attended a predominantly white institution (PWI), I often felt as though I didn’t fit in on campus.  First Generation (first-gen) college students are undergraduates whose parents did not complete a bachelor’s degree. Today, they…

  • REEMA Blog: Loneliness and Social Isolation: The Next Healthcare Frontier

    If nothing else, the isolation brought on by COVID-19’s lockdowns and social distancing was a forceful reminder that we are all social creatures. But well before we were all stuck inside and away from our friends and neighbors, many of us suffered the effects of…

  • Social Connectedness through Work, Employment, & Labor (WEL)

    The Foundation for Social Connection recently released its third SOCIAL Framework Sector Report: Work, Employment, & Labor (WEL), which focuses on advancing social connection through work. The report presents evidence-based policies and practices to foster social connectedness and address SIL for workers and leaders. It…

  • A Simple Solution: Tackling Loneliness One Conversation at a Time

    Happy new year! I hope you all got some much deserved time off to spend with family and friends. Personally, I feel like my batteries got recharged – and maybe even received an upgrade. I am quite excited about all that 2023 holds. During the…