Making Connections: Allison Gilbert

Join author and host Allison Gilbert and her special guests for a four-part series on the loneliness epidemic, one of the greatest public health crises of the 21st century.

Long before COVID, people in the U.S. and across the world have struggled with loneliness, isolation, and lack of social connection. In 2023, United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy declared loneliness an epidemic and announced a strategy to help reverse this alarming trend. And months later, journalist Allison Gilbert reported for the New York Times about the appointment of world-renowned therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer as New York State’s Ambassador to Loneliness, the first such position in the country. Reimagine and Allison are co-hosting a new series to learn about strategies to build deeper connections, particularly among the most vulnerable.

The conversation kicks off with U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, Dr. Ruth Westheimer – psychosexual therapist, author, and lecturer – and Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, director of the Social Connection & Health Lab at Brigham Young University and lead scientific editor of the Surgeon General’s Advisory. Everyone is welcome. Bring your most pressing questions!

The first event is this Thursday, March 21 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT. Bring your most pressing questions! We will explore strategies you can use right now to build deeper and more meaningful connections. I hope you’ll join us! The series is FREE and open to all.

Register here.

About Reimagine

Reimagine is a nonprofit organization catalyzing a uniquely powerful community–people of different backgrounds, ages, races, and faiths (and no faith) coming together in the hopes of healing ourselves and the world. We specifically support each other in facing adversity, loss, and mortality and–at our own pace– actively channeling life’s biggest challenges into meaningful action and growth.


Allison Gilbert is the host of Reimagine’s Passed and Present conversation series and author and co-author of numerous books, including Listen, World!: How the Intrepid Elsie Robinson Became America’s Most-Read Woman; Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive; and Always Too Soon: Voices of Support for Those Who Have Lost Both Parents. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors and is a past Board Member of the National Alliance for Children’s Grief.