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Scientific Advisory Group

Rigorous Vetting Process for Programs and Technological Solutions

The Scientific Advisory Group will be responsible for data analysis, strategic assessment of interventions, and determining tiers of inclusion for social isolation solutions, which will then be communicated to the Clearinghouse Council for decision-making around implementation and scale.

The charge of the Scientific Advisory Group will be to help provide clearinghouse users with transparency regarding the level of evidence associate with the programs and technologies suggested. The Scientific Advisory Group will Identify innovative/emerging technologies and programs addressing social isolation; determine criteria for inclusion in Clearinghouse, particularly for those that have not yet been rigorously tested/fully evidence-based; recommend a screening mechanism/tool for people coming into the clearinghouse and ways to monitor and build on it.

The Scientific Advisory Group will be comprised of up to 10 individuals from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of expertise in evaluation and evidence-based programs related to social isolation. Members will serve 2-3-year terms, with the option to renew membership.


John Tschida, Executive Director, Assoc. of University Centers on Disabilities

Dr. Matthew Smith, Co-Director, Texas A&M University Center for Population Health and Aging

Dr. Eden Litt, UX Researcher, Facebook

Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Researcher, Brigham Young University

Larry Goldberg, Head of Accessibility, Verizon Media

Dr. Louise Hawkley, Senior Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago

Dr. Tracey Gendron, Chair / Assoc. Professor Gerentology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Thomas Cudjoe, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Verena Cimarolli, Ph.D., Senior Health Services Researcher, LeadingAge LTSS Center

Dr. Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, SVP and Chief Health Equity, Cedars-Sinai

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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