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Loneliness Can Lead to Mental, Physical Health Issues: What PR Can Do

Newhouse Impact: Showcasing the research and creative activity of faculty and students at the Newhouse School

How much have the pandemic, political divisions in our communities and other factors increased isolation and depression? New research by Newhouse School grad student Amy Barone discovers loneliness might be the key factor that leads to physical and mental health problems.

Barone, a Professor in Writing Studies in the Rhetoric and Composition Department at Syracuse University, did the research as part of a project with Newhouse Associate Professor of Public Relations Hua Jiang. The findings could help shape public health campaigns to help people find health care. The research focused specifically on Black/African Americans in Generation X and Gen Z.

Listen to this episode of Newhouse Impact to learn more about the research, its findings, and how it might help people.

(Music: Window to the Soul, John Shuemaker,, cc by-nc license )

Chris Bolt, Ed.D. has proudly been covering the Central New York community and mentoring students for more than 30 years. His career in public media started as a student volunteer, then as a reporter/producer. He has been the news director for WAER since 1995. Dedicated to keeping local news coverage alive, Chris also has a passion for education, having trained, mentored and provided a platform for growth to more than a thousand students. Career highlights include having work appear on NPR, CBS, ABC and other news networks, winning numerous local and state journalism awards.