New publication: Toward a greater role for the Public Health system in preventing loneliness

Monday, August 1, 2022

New work out of the Columbia Aging Center offers a new methodology to characterize the interventions that have been found effective to date for primary, secondary, or tertiary prevention of a public health challenge.   The work was conducted by Columbia Mailman graduates Christopher Crowe, L. Liu, and Nicole Bagnarol together with Dean Linda P. Fried who directs the Columbia Aging Center. The researchers applied the methodology to loneliness, a highly prevalent social determinant of health -- particularly in the context of aging -- which the public health system might well want to provide interventions to prevent. It finds a dearth of primary prevention interventions at this time. To read the July 11 publication in Perspectives on Public Health, see: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35815809/.