Social isolation rates were soaring across the world even before the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered the gathering places that brought us together. However, the rise of social isolation is not a personal choice or individual problem, but one that is rooted in community design, social norms, and long-standing system injustices.
Join Healthy Places by Design and 8 80 Cities as they discuss the systemic drivers of social isolation and community-level recommendations for action. Community examples from the Wintermission project will share how three cities redefined their harsh winter months to combat social isolation and increase physical activity during winter for all residents, no matter their age, ability, socio-economic, or ethnocultural backgrounds. Participants will then explore ideas for innovative, community-level strategies that will help them to create socially connected communities where all people can thrive.