The Power of Local Community Action

Applying the social-ecological model of health to loneliness

In 2018, I organized a gathering in San Francisco that brought together 15 millennials and 15 seniors for an afternoon of conversation and connection. As a result of that one event, I am aware of three intergenerational pairings who are still friends today, two organizations that were inspired to incorporate intergenerational events into their roadmaps, and one other city that replicated the gathering for their residents.

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