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Friday September 14, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM CDT

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Suites Hotel -- Lake Room 
325 Lake Avenue South
Duluth, MN 55802

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with InCommons

Building social connectedness in your community 

Research shows that strong social ties can have a direct and positive impact on a person's health and community life. Please join us for a forum to learn and share ideas about how to measure and build social connections in your community.

Friday, September 14
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Suites Hotel

The event is free, but space is limited.  Registration is required.


11:00 a.m.


11:15 a.m.


How social connections influence health -- Melanie Ferris, Wilder Research
See recent research on social connectedness and its converse -- social isolation -- and the impact they have on health, especially among older adults. Also learn about emerging research on how social media influences social connectedness, and find out about other activities that can expand support networks among individuals and between community residents and policymakers.

Identifying needs; measuring progress -- Jane Tigan, Minnesota Compass
Find out about trends in employment, aging, and racial and ethnic diversity to gain insight into future changes that will likely influence the well-being of residents and the prosperity of your region.


Celebrate and recognize Connect for Health Challenge participants

12:45 p.m.

Discussions -- InCommons facilitators
Meet others and share ways to expand networks. We'll also ask you to weigh in on the influence of social networking, and for those who tweet, to share the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #CFHF.

1:45 p.m.

Wrap-up and adjourn

This forum is in partnership with the Connect for Health Challenge, sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, as part of the InCommons initiative. InCommons connects Minnesotans to knowledge and resources to solve community problems. Join the InCommons online network now: www.incommons.org

Wilder Research and Minnesota Compass are members of the InCommons community.