The growing prevalence of social isolation in the United States was recognized as a risk to public health years before the COVID pandemic. IMPH, in partnership with the SC Department on Aging
, convened a taskforce from 2022 to 2023 comprised of stakeholders from across South Carolina to collaboratively identify approaches to address social isolation in older adults.
In June 2023, IMPH released a taskforce report: Addressing Social Isolation in Older Adults as a Determinant of Health
, which includes state-specific recommendations to reduce social isolation in older adults. To continue the work, the Office for the Study of Aging
at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina formed an inclusive, ongoing coalition titled South Carolina’s Operation to Confront Social Isolation and Loneliness