County Launches Social Connectivity Initiative

December 21, 2021 Los Angeles Board of Supervisors unanimously approve Supervisor Hilda L. Solis’ motion to launch a “Los Angeles County Social Connectivity Initiative”.

The motion directs the County’s Chief Executive Office (CEO),in collaboration with various County departments, the Alliance for Health Integration, and interested stakeholders, to initiate a Los Angeles County Social Connectivity Initiative and report back within 90 days with a landscape analysis that defines which County residents and populations groups are most likely to experience harms from loneliness and social isolation, as well as the current roles and responsibilities of County departments and agencies relative to populations most likely to experience harm from loneliness and social isolation.

Additionally, the motion requests that the Countywide plan to combat the harms of social isolation and loneliness, including but not limited to recommendations for stakeholder engagement, public awareness campaigns, collaborations with external partners like school districts, cities, community-based organizations, and philanthropy, an initial view of available federal and state funding to support the work, and recommendations on what County department or departments should lead the development of the comprehensive plan.

“The increase in loneliness is almost paradoxical. Are more connected than ever through technology, but it is clear that social media cannot replace relationships with family, friends, and community. Studies show that millions of Americans are socially isolated, lonely, or both, negatively impacting the quality of life and health outcomes’ stated Supervisor Solis. “…we find an unmatched opportunity here at the County to see how we can ensure our residents have a sense of community, whether its through activities at our beautiful parks or senior centers or support from the Department of Mental Health, this County can work to ensure our residents are connected to their neighbors and other. It is my hope and expectation that this motion does just that”, the Supervisor concluded.