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Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice


“Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.”[1]


This COP supports a long-term goal of Commit to Connect—increasing the availability of evidence-based programs and services addressing social isolation and loneliness.


The Understanding the Impact of Social Isolation and Loneliness Programs Community of Practice (COP) is is comprised of three organizations with a program or intervention that addresses social isolation and/or loneliness that is utilizing the Upstream Social Interaction Risk Screener (U-SIRS) as a “pre-test” and “post-test” to collect data and better understand their program or intervention’s impact on addressing social isolation and or loneliness.

Members of the Community of Practice will:

  • Receive an introduction to the U-SIRS
  • Receive no-cost access to U-SIRS during their participation
  • Learn from a leading researcher and additional guest experts
  • Receive technical assistance and support with implementing U-SIRS into workflow and programming
  • Grow their professional network with others interested in this topic!

Phase I of this COP occurred May-August 2023. Commit to Connect is now in Phase II, which will last from December 2023-April 2024.

Community of Practice Members:

  • California Department of Aging (Sacramento, CA)
  • Cincinnati Music & Wellness Coalition (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Meals on Wheels of Southwest OH and Northern KY (Cincinnati, OH)

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Previous Communities of Practice

Intergenerational Engagement Community of Practice: This group focused on intergenerational programming and social connectedness. Read more about Previous Communities of Practice.  

Funding for this initiative was made possible by contract no. HHSP233201500088I from ACL.  The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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