HIT Consultant September 16, 2021
Dr. Rosemary Ku VP of Medical Affairs at Better Health

Studies have found that social connectedness is so critical to human life that loneliness is more dangerous than obesity and isolation can increase mortality by 30%. Peer support, which is a system of giving and receiving help from others with a shared experience, not only increases social connectedness but also creates opportunities for participants to connect with their peers and exchange practical tips for how to overcome the challenges they face in the course of their daily lives.

Within common peer groups such as those formed between new mothers, cancer survivors, or veterans and military families, there is an instant mutual understanding that builds trust and empathy. This trust and empathy allow people to feel heard instead of pitied and...

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