Jillian Racoosin, MPH (she/her) is the Executive Director of the Foundation for Social Connection and the Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness. In her role, Jillian is responsible for leading the direction of the Coalition and the Foundation’s operations and programs, including advancing social connection research and innovation. Previously, Jillian spearheaded enterprise go-to-market strategy for Force Therapeutics, a leading healthcare technology company, and care management platform.
Focused on improving health outcomes, Jillian has partnered with several high-profile organizations including leading healthcare systems (Geisinger, Mass General Brigham, Scripps Health), Health Plans (UHC, Humana), and Federal Agencies (CDC, Administration for Community Living, Office of the Surgeon General).
Her passion for health promotion began at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and continued to flourish at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health where she received her Masters degree. Jillian is passionate about projects that foster healthy behaviors within communities and populations and envisions a more inclusive future with universal access to the support needed to be socially engaged in society.
What drives you to work on addressing social isolation & loneliness / fostering social connection ?
I feel so inspired by the work of the Foundation, Coalition, and our incredible network of partners. Our impact is truly collective in nature. During the pandemic I experienced both social isolation and loneliness, and it forced me to reflect on what supports I needed for myself and my community to feel a sense of belonging. I was privileged to have been brought up in a family and school environment that prioritized community connection and engagement, but I understand that many are not as fortunate, and that our systems and policies have led us to a reality of inequities in social connection supports. I am committed to furthering the translation of evidence and insights into real impactful application and promoting the strengthening of communities through connection across America.