2019 Connectivity Summit
on Rural Aging

Demystifying “Social Determinants of Health” to
Promote Healthier Aging in the 21st Century

August 14 – 15, 2019 | Nashville, Tennessee

About The Summit

This year, we will focus on, “Demystifying Social Determinants of Health to Promote Healthier Aging in the 21st Century.” The two-day event will inspire a lively conversation and action-oriented agenda focused on addressing social determinants of health, as part of our broader campaign to tackle social isolation and improve the health and well-being of older Americans, especially those who live in rural areas.

Increasingly, stakeholders across the United States recognize that social determinants of health play an important role in understanding population health and improving health outcomes. Not coincidentally, we are starting to understand the serious public health threat posed by social isolation and loneliness, particularly for older Americans.

This year’s Summit bridge the topics to explore how social determinants of health impact older Americans’ social connectedness. We will explore how social and community support, food security, transportation, available health services, and other environmental factors influence older Americans’ quality of life and their social connections. The Summit will be an incubator for collaboration among diverse stakeholders to evaluate existing models of success and to consider new opportunities to address social isolation and improve the well-being of rural seniors.

More information on this year’s Connectivity Summit on Rural Aging will be coming shortly!


Click on headshot to read their bio

Donato J. Tramuto
Chief Executive Officer,
Tivity Health
Health eVillages

Dr. Joe Coughlin
Founder & Director,
MIT AgeLab

David B. Nash, MD, MBA
Jefferson College of Population Health

Sponsoring Partners


Senator William H. Frist, MD

Katie Couric

Caraline Coats
Vice President,
Humana’s Bold Goal and Population Health Strategy

Heather Dimeris, M.S., R.D.
Deputy Associate Director,
Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Garth Graham, MD, MPH, FACP, FACC
Vice President,
Community Health & Impact, CVS Health President, Aetna Foundation

Mary Grealy
Healthcare Leadership Council

Julianne Holt-Lunstad, PhD
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience,
Brigham Young University

Cara V. James, PhD
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Paul Keckley
Managing Editor,
The Keckley Report

Jill A. Lesser
WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s, a Network of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s

Alan Morgan, MPA
Chief Executive Officer,
National Rural Health Association

David B. Nash, MD, MBA
Jefferson College of Population Health

Rick Nicholls
Chief of Staff,
Administration for Community Living

Anand Parekh, MD
Chief Medical Advisor,
Bipartisan Policy Center

Jamo Rubin, MD
Signify Community

Joseph B. Sobel, M.D, MPH, MBA
Vice President & Chief Medical Officer of Senior Products,
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Phil Suiter
Vice President and Chief Wellness Officer,
Walmart Health and Wellness’ Care Clinics

Donato J. Tramuto
Chief Executive Officer,
Tivity Health
Health eVillages

Sandeep Wadhwa, MD, MBA​
Chief Health Officer & Senior Vice President, Market Innovation,
Solera Health

Robin Whitney
Chief Strategic Planning, Business Development, Real Estate Officer, Chief Construction and Property Management Officer,