The Next Health Tsunami: The Epidemic of Loneliness

The statistics are chilling. Loneliness and social isolation are becoming an epidemic, proving deadlier than obesity. Twenty-five percent of Americans have no one with whom to discuss their most important matters—much less connect in deep ways—and the numbers are escalating rapidly. While the broader implications and related costs differ across populations and age groups, the root causes of this massive societal tidal wave demand unpacking.

Host:
Alexandra Drane, Cashier, Walmart; Co-Founder, ARCHANGELS and Eliza Corporation; Confab Chair

Discussion Leaders:
Esther Dyson, Executive Founder, Way to Wellville
Joan Harvey, VP, Consumer Health Engagement, Cigna; Partner Committee
Dean Ornish, MD, Founder & Chief Medical Officer, Ornish Lifestyle Medicine, Sharecare

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Alexandra Drane

Cashier, Walmart
Co-Founder ARCHANGELS and Eliza Corporation

Alexandra is the co-founder of ARCHANGELS, Engage with Grace, Eliza Corporation (acquired by HMS Holdings Corp - ticker: HMSY), and three other companies (all boot-strapped).  As a serial entrepreneur, she also works part time as a cashier at Walmart.  She believes retail is the front line of health, that caregivers are our country’s unsung heroes, and that a bad death is a con.  She takes an active role with the non-profits s Full bio ›

Esther Dyson

Executive Founder
Way to Wellville

Esther Dyson(@edyson on twitter) is executive founder of the Way to Wellville (@WaytoWellville), a ten-year, nonprofit evidence-generating project devoted to defining and refining models for cultivating community health (not health *care*) that return profits to investors and health to the participants and their communities. Wellville advises the five US-based Wellville communities in accelerating their own health initiatives, Full bio ›

Joan Harvey

VP, Consumer Health Engagement
Cigna

Joan Harvey currently leads Consumer Health Engagement for Cigna. She actively partners and engages with senior leadership and stakeholders to set Cigna's Consumer Health Engagement strategy. She is also responsible for all of Cigna's clinical customer and client touch points, including health advocacy, clinical, lifestyle management and chronic condition programs, health coaching, case and utilization management, and onsite f Full bio ›

Dean Ornish, MD

Founder & Chief Medical Officer
Ornish Lifestyle Medicine, Sharecare

Dean Ornish, M.D., is the founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of 6 books, all national bestsellers.  His TED.com talks have been viewed by over 4.5 million people.  The research that he and his col Full bio ›

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The Next Health Tsunami: The Epidemic of Loneliness

Alexandra Drane + Esther Dyson + Joan Harvey + Dean Ornish, MD

The statistics are chilling. Loneliness and social isolation are becoming an epidemic, proving deadlier than obesity. While the broader implications and related costs differ across populations and age groups, the root causes of this massive societal tidal wave demand unpacking.