Report from RWJF and Healthy Places by Design Recommends Community-Based Solutions to Improve Social Connectedness

Mar 31, 2021

To amplify learning around social isolation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Global Ideas for U.S. Solutions team invested in six projects that reached diverse places and people as well as a learning network coordinated by Healthy Places by Design.

This Learning Network and their report, Socially Connected Communities: Solutions to Social Isolation, brings a much needed perspective to the national conversation, and provides philanthropy and local leaders ideas for actions which could dramatically improve social well-being.

The six projects supported by RWJF include vulnerable families in West Baltimore, MD; isolated rural youth in Matanuska Susitna Borough of AK; incarcerated people in CT, MA, and NJ; Latinx LGBTQ youth in OR; and people living in three American cities with harsh winter climates.

Along with concrete recommendations, the report also displays some community-level examples and emphasizes how every sector has a stake in bringing solutions to social isolation. The report can be a great tool for age- and dementia friendly communities looking to promote social connectedness.