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People are incredibly complex and constantly trying to figure out our place in the world and where we fit in. We know that meaningfully connecting to the people and places around us and feeling accepted, safe and included helps us feel as though we belong. Yet feeling unsafe, unwelcome or fearful of hostile encounters disproportionately affects Black people.  There is a growing body of research on the negative association between social isolation and the mental and physical health of the black community. 
Here are a series of articles, videos and other content that we have selected to highlight the ongoing struggle of social isolation, loneliness and disconnection experienced by the Black community. If you have suggestions on other content that you think others would benefit from, please feel free to reach out to us at

Understanding social isolation, disconnection and loneliness in the Black Community

  • Understanding Social and Emotional Loneliness among Black Older Adults: A Scoping Review (Link)
  • Discrimination and social isolation among African Americans: The moderating role of skin tone (Link)
  • Social Isolation, Loneliness, and Physical and Mental Health Among Black Older Adults (Link)
  • The Loneliness Epidemic Persists: A Post-Pandemic Look at the State of Loneliness among U.S. Adults (Link)
  • Loneliness and Mental Health in BIPOC Communities (Link)
  • Loneliness and Social Isolation: The Next Healthcare Frontier (Link)