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

Online Webinar

COVID-19 Webinar Series Overview

This COVID-19 Webinar Series synthesizes the information in the headlines to provide cohesive insight into the status of the response and remaining gaps in the system that must be addressed to limit the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States.

Session 9 – Social Isolation and Loneliness

While essential to combating the COVID-19 pandemic, stay-at-home and other social distancing policies can have severe physical and mental health implications. This issue is especially true for the 13.8 million adults over the age of 65 living on their own. During this webinar, CareMore’s Robin Caruso, UCSF’s Matt Pantell, and The Commonwealth Fund’s Tanya Shah discussed the consequences of social isolation, as well as potential interventions that government leaders, providers, and communities can implement.


  • Robin Caruso, MSW, Chief Togetherness Officer, CareMore
  • Matt Pantell, M.D., M.S., Assistant Professor, University of California San Francisco
  • Tanya Shah, MBA, MPH, Vice President of Delivery System Reform, The Commonwealth Fund
  • Sarah J. Dash, MPH, President and CEO, Alliance for Health Policy (moderator)



The Alliance for Health Policy gratefully acknowledges the support of the National Institute of Health Care Management (NIHCM) and The Commonwealth Fund for this event.