Connect for Health Forums: Building Social Connectedness in Your Community
Research shows that strong social ties can have a direct and positive impact on a person's health and community life.
Please join us to learn and share ideas about how to measure, build, and strengthen social connections in your community.
How social connections influence health – Melanie Ferris, Wilder Research
See recent research on social connectedness and its converse –social isolation – and the impact they have on health, especially among older adults. Also learn about emerging research on the influence of social media on social connectedness, and find out about other activities that can expand support networks among individuals and between community residents and policymakers.
Identifying needs; measuring progress – Minnesota Compass presentation
Find out about trends in employment, aging, and racial and ethnic diversity to gain insight into future changes that will likely influence the well-being of residents and the prosperity of your region.
Celebrate and recognize Connect for Health Participants
Table discussion – InCommons facilitators
Meet others and share ways to expand networks. We'll also ask you to weigh in on the influence of social networking, and for those who tweet, to share the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #CFHF.
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The forums are in partnership with the Connect for Health Challenge, sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation as part of the InCommons initiative. InCommons connects Minnesotans to knowledge and resources to solve community problems.
Wilder Research and Minnesota Compass are members of the InCommons community.