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Coping with Social Isolation: Teen Discussion (Free) (Ages 10&Up)

December 17, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


“Loneliness, Isolation, and Teen Mental Health: a Discussion with Dr. Alice Chen.

“”Loneliness is more than a bad feeling. It harms our health, our ability to perform, and our sense of fulfillment. ⁠ Chronic loneliness is associated with a greater risk of heart disease, dementia, depression, and anxiety.””⁠ – Alice Chen, M.D., & Vivek Murthy, M.D.

During this live virtual event, Dr. Alice Chen will facilitate a discussion among teens on coping with social isolation. Dr. Chen & her husband Dr. Vivek Murthy (former United States Surgeon General and key role in President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID task force), have been researching social media’s role in loneliness, and how to foster connectivity.

This session is designed for students ages 10-18. All parents are encouraged to attend, even if your children are younger. Includes a discussion with Dr. Alice Chen and Q&A hosted by ActivityHero. Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions during registration.

About Dr. Alice Chen

Alice Chen, MD is an internal medicine physician and national leader in physician advocacy and public health. She was a founding board member and served as Executive Director of Doctors for America, a grassroots organization of thousands of physicians and medical students in all 50 states who advocate for policies to improve the lives of their patients. Under her leadership, the organization published hundreds of op-eds, reached tens of millions of people through media interviews and events, and played an important role in the passage of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion in multiple states and the push for federal funding for gun violence research among other issues. She has served as a Hauser Visiting Leader at the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership. She has spoken and written extensively on topics including health care reform, physician advocacy, climate change, our national COVID-19 response, and the importance of social connection. She is an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She lives with her husband, Dr. Vivek Murthy, and their two young children in Washington, DC.”

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