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Addressing Loneliness and Isolation Through Connection (passed)

A recording of the event can be accessed here.

About the Event: The pandemic is fueling concern with loneliness and isolation. These were major issues of concern before the pandemic but have grown with the pandemic’s disruption in daily life. Wondering about innovative ways employers can address this growing national concern? Loneliness and isolation have serious implications for employee mental health and well-being, along with engagement and productivity.

Join us for an engaging discussion on strategies employers are using to effectively combat loneliness. We will hear from Dr. Jeremy Nobel about the UnLonely Project, an innovative way to harness the power of arts to inspire, employer, and connect and through the connection to reduce risk for depression, addiction, and suicidality.

The event will also include an employer panel including:

  • Laura DeCook:                               Mental Health Lead, Expedia Group
  • Angela LeBlanc:                             Lead, Global Employee Experience Group, Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Gaurava Agarwal, M.D.:               Psychiatrist, Wellbeing Coach, Director of Physician Wellness, Northwestern Univ. Feinberg School of Medicine


Dr. Jeremy Nobel Faculty, Center for Primary Care, Harvard Medical School Lecturer, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine President, Foundation for Art & Healing

Dr. Nobel is a medical doctor, public health practitioner and innovator who designs, implements, and evaluates health care management, digital therapeutic and patient/consumer engagement systems. Nobel works in consultation to employers, major health plans, non- profit organizations and foundations in the design, implementation and evaluation of effective community health improvement programs. He served as Medical Director at the Northeast Business Group on Health for eight years (2010-18) where he founded and ran the NEBGH Solutions Center.

Also active in the field of Medical Humanities, Dr Nobel  is president of the 501c3 non-profit Foundation for Art & Healing ( www.artandhealing.org) and founder of its signature initiative the UnLonely Project (www.UnLonelyProject.org) the leading non-profit effort focused exclusively on addressing loneliness and social isolation.  Dr. Nobel is a published poet and has also received several awards for his poetry including the Bain-Swiggett Prize from Princeton University, and the American Academy of Poets Prize from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Nobel is a Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and serves on the Faculty for the HMS Center for Primary Care. He is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine, with dual Master’s Degrees in Public Health and Epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University.

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