Recap coming soon!

At the request of one of our presenters, this forum was not recorded for public distribution.

Stay tuned for more info on our August 2024 Part Two presentation on Happiness!

Upcoming Event from Community Conversations:

Community Conversation on Thursday, February 22nd, 5:00 – 7:00, at the main Deschutes Public Library in Bend, including a light supper. Our conversation topic will be: Is Central Oregon Welcoming? They will meet together to explore factors in creating a welcoming community. More information here.

Forum Resources:

If Loneliness Is an Epidemic, How Do We Treat It?

Socially Connected Communities: Solutions for Social Isolation

Community Belonging Measurement Project (the survey discussed at the forum)

The Lonely Century by Noreena Hertz

Millennial and Gen Z parents are struggling

How to Navigate Holiday Loneliness and Cultivate Connection

From Deschutes County Public Heath’s Feb. 23, 2024 Newsletter:

Loneliness and Isolation – You are NOT Alone


Private well owners are invited to apply for free water testing! Surveys show that 67% of well owners believe their well water is safe without any evidence to support it. You can protect your family’s health by having your well water tested.

*The property must be located within Deschutes County. Not in Deschutes County? You can still test your own well water!

Visit the Deschutes County Environmental Health website at or email usat to learn more and sign up for free water sampling. You can also call us at 541-317-3114

What Happened to Empathy?

St. Charles Health System Loneliness ad Belonging Grant

Envision Bend Action Plan

Dr. Brianne Kothari – OSU Cascades

Dr. Stephanie Cacioppo – University of Oregon