Sara Johnson, PhD
Co-President & CEO, Pro-Change Behavior Systems; Co-Editor, The Art of Health Promotion
CHES® – 1.0 | ICHWC – 1.0 | AAFP – 1.08
There is a growing consensus that loneliness is an invisible epidemic that represents a significant public health issue. Though often overlooked, social connection is a critical component of organizational and community well-being given that it impacts health, cognitive function, longevity, and performance at work. This session will review the literature that demonstrates that social connection is a necessary ingredient for a long, well-lived life and the potential mechanisms explaining why. Inspiring examples of how public health organizations, employers, researchers, and payers are taking up the charge to address lack of social connection will be shared. Small group discussions will focus on innovative ideas organizations can implement to ensure creating and strengthening high-quality social connections is a strategic priority for their organization in today’s hyper-connected but disconnected world. The session will conclude with an interactive discussion regarding how these efforts can be linked to the broader community.
Dr. Sara Johnson is the Co-President & CEO of Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc., a behavior change consulting firm and solution provider that empowers people to experience life-changing breakthroughs in health and well-being. She is also the Co-Editor of The Art of Health Promotion. In 2019, Dr. Johnson received the Health Enhancement Research Organization’s Mark Dundon Research Award and was named one of the 50 on Fire by Rhode Island Inno. She was named the Health Care Services Woman to Watch by Providence Business News in 2018, and in 2015, she was selected as a Top 10 Health Promotion Professional by the Wellness Council of America.
In her 22 years at Pro-Change, she has been responsible for generating and leading the implementation of innovative research and development opportunities as well as creating and expanding strategic business alliances. She has been the principal investigator on over $6 million in National Institutes of Health grants to examine the effectiveness of evidence-based health and well-being interventions and has more than 40 publications.