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Commit to Connect

Connecting Older Adults and People with Disabilities

Social isolation is an epidemic that poses serious health risks affecting millions of people in the United States. To address this growing public health issue, the Administration for Community Living established a public-private coalition to reach socially isolated older adults and people with disabilities to help them connect with services and supports to build the social connections they need to thrive.
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The coalition consists of partner organizations dedicated to increasing engagement and improving well-being and access to services for socially isolated individuals nationwide. This initiative will include a multi-media public awareness campaign entitled “Commit to Connect,” and a clearinghouse of solutions which will allow individuals, caregivers and professionals to connect to programs and technologies that best meet their needs, capabilities and interests.

 

Nationwide Network

AARP Foundation, with support from the Administration for Community Living, is leading an effort to build a nationwide network of champions to address social isolation at all levels: local, state and national. This network will enable real-time sharing of successful initiatives, lessons learned, evidence-based or informed practices and broad dissemination of content from the “Commit to Connect” campaign.

The public-private coalition and nationwide network will be guided by a steering committee of representatives from a diverse group of organizations that are dedicated to reaching and engaging individuals who are socially isolated. These organizations include:

 

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If you provide social engagement programs or technology, we want to hear about them. If your company can help bridge the digital divide for high-risk and marginalized communities by providing internet enabled devices or access to internet, we need to hear from you.

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