COVID-19 Webinar Series Session 9 – Social Isolation and Loneliness

Tanya Shah, MBA, MPH, is the vice president for the High-Need, High-Cost portfolio in the Delivery System Reform Program at The Commonwealth Fund. In her current role, Tanya funds and leads health services research projects aimed at identifying solutions to improve care for patients with complex needs. Ms. Shah was previously Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Primary Care Access and Planning with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group.

Contact: tbs@cmwf.org

 

Matthew Pantell, M.D., M.S., is an assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where he is a core faculty member of the Center for Health and Community, and an affiliate faculty member of the Social Interventions Research and Evaluation Network. His research broadly focuses on how social determinants of health can be assessed and incorporated into care planning at the individual and population health level. He is particularly interested in the relationship between social isolation and health outcomes, and in how the health care sector can facilitate screening for and addressing social isolation. He is currently leading a study funded by the Commonwealth Fund to identify international examples of innovative programs to address social isolation and loneliness. Dr. Pantell attended the UC Berkeley – UCSF Joint Medical Program, where he earned an MD and a Master’s in Health and Medical Sciences focusing on social epidemiology. He completed his residency in pediatrics and was chief resident at UCSF. He was also a fellow in the Clinical Research Training Program at the NIH, where his work focused on biomarkers of social adversity, and has previously worked at the Health Policy Center of the Urban Institute.

Contact: Matt.Pantell@ucsf.edu

 

Robin Caruso, MSW, LCSW, is CareMore Health’s first chief togetherness officer to combat loneliness. As the chief togetherness officer, Ms. Caruso leads the program to ensure that loneliness is addressed as a treatable condition. As a result of Ms. Caruso’s work to integrate the Togetherness program into CareMore’s clinical model, the program is now being launched to Anthem Medicare members. Since the inception of the Togetherness program in 2017, Ms. Caruso has spoken at the national HIMSS conference, Health 2.0, and Stanford Medicine X on addressing loneliness and social isolation in the healthcare setting. She is a member of the Los Angeles Social Isolation and Loneliness Coalition and is published in the AJMC. In 2018, Ms. Caruso received the Athena Healthcare Innovation Award for her work through the Togetherness program to address senior loneliness.

Contact: Robin.caruso@caremore.com

 

Sarah J. Dash, MPH, is the president and chief executive officer at the Alliance for Health Policy. She drives the mission and vision of the Alliance, as well as advances and maintains the reputation of the organization as the leading nonpartisan resource for policymakers and health leaders in an evolving health policy environment. Sarah joined the Alliance in 2014 as the vice president for policy and became president and CEO in May 2017. Sarah has long been an influential force in shaping health policy, having served as a senior aide on Capitol Hill and as a member of the research faculty at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms. Sarah holds a master’s degree in public health from the Yale School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and literature from MIT. Sarah also holds an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University.

Contact: sarahdash@allhealthpolicy.org