The power of activating personal social networks to manage health and well-being: optimising connections and mobilising resources

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Thursday 24 May
Room 108, West Downs, University of Winchester, Romsey Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 5HT

This session will focus on how personal social contexts and networks can be understood and worked with to bring about effective ways of supporting health and illness. Social networks and the resources drawn from social support and connectedness influence our health and well-being. Our programme of work with CLAHRC Wessex has focussed on translating these understandings into interventions informed by identifying processes through which social resources can be deployed effectively to improve and manage health. In this session I will:

  1. present evidence from research which has explored how the power and capacity of personal networks can take the aspiration of self-management beyond the confines of traditional health care settings to a networked approach based on the mobilisation and leverage of resources for everyday support and management
  2. explore the relevant properties, types and mechanisms of personal networks which are implicated in this
  3. describe how we are a networked based intervention GENIE (Generating Engagement in Network Involvement) - a web-based tool which comprises: network mapping: preference elicitation and facilitated engagement with local and web-based resources and can be used to address key social challenges such as loneliness and managing long term conditions.

This fifth series continues to examine methodologies used in health and wellbeing research and is also broadening to include other health and wellbeing research-related topics. Participating researchers can explore critical challenges in research and knowledge exchange, share expertise and forge connections that will support the development of future projects across a wide range of themes. All welcome and please feel free to bring your lunch with you.

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