Eradicate social isolation

James E. Lubben, Elizabeth M. Tracy, Sandra Edmonds Crewe, Erika L. Sabbath, Melanie Gironda, Carrie Johnson, Jooyoung Kong, Michelle R. Munson, Suzanne Brown

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Social isolation is a silent killer - as dangerous to health as smoking. National and global health organizations have underscored the hidden, deadly, and pervasive hazards stemming from feeling alone and abandoned. Our challenge is to educate the public on this health hazard, encourage health and human service professionals to address social isolation, and promote effective ways to deepen social connections and community for people of all ages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGrand Challenges for Social Work and Society
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780190858988
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Behavioral health
  • Loneliness
  • Social connections
  • Social exclusion
  • Social isolation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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