Encouraging Community Connection and Addressing Alienation through Art

Saturday, June 16, 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Loneliness and isolation are driving issues among older adults, those with major illness, caregivers, and active and retired military. Connecting with community is crucial to our collective health. The arts have a lot to offer, and the support of nexus organizations to create partnerships, provide and encourage funding, and make the case is paramount. Join this session to find out more!


Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn more about the major challenge of loneliness and isolation among "at risk" populations including the elderly, those with major illness, and their caregivers, and the role the arts can play in addressing that challenge.
  2. See case studies of arts-based intervention in action, and hear how you can adopt or adapt similar programs at home.
  3. Gather resources on the intersection of arts and health, including particularly arts resources for addressing loneliness.



Jeremy Nobel
President and Founder
Foundation for Art & Healing
Brookline, Massachusetts

As a practicing general internist for many years, Dr. Jeremy Nobel experienced “the front lines” of healthcare. Currently, through his faculty appointments at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Medical School, Dr. Nobel’s focuses on defining what quality healthcare means from a patient perspective and how best to deliver it.
Dr. Nobel is also a recognized leader in the field of medical humanities. He is founder and president of the Foundation for Art & Healing (www.ArtandHealing.org) whose signature initiative, the UnLonely Project (www.UnLonelyProject.org), has gained national visibility in raising awareness on the health challenges of loneliness, reducing stigma surrounding it and offering arts-based programming that fosters a sense of connection and belonging. Also a published poet, Dr. Nobel has received several awards for his poetry including the Bain-Swiggett Prize from Princeton University, and the American Academy of Poets Prize from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jandel Allen-Davis
Vice President, Government, External Relations and Research
Kaiser Permanente Colorado
Denver, Colorado

Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, is vice president of Government, External Relations and Research for Kaiser Permanente Colorado. She leads the organization’s government relations and regulatory affairs, community relations and community benefit investment, clinical research activities, stakeholder engagement, communications, and advertising and marketing functions.  Dr. Allen-Davis is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, serving patients for 25 years. Dr. Allen-Davis is an active participant on community boards including Denver Botanic Gardens, The Denver Foundation, CareerWise, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, National Jewish and in 2017, was appointed Board Chair of Grantmakers in Health.