Unpacked with Papa

Dr. Carla Perissinotto, an internationally recognized researcher who has spent more than a decade in home-based primary care, breaks down the idea of social prescribing—and the concrete steps providers and the industry must take to ensure people get the social support they need.


About the speaker

Carla M. Perissinotto, M.D., M.H.S., is a Professor in the Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and is board certified in internal medicine, geriatrics, and palliative medicine.  She served as the associate chief for geriatrics clinical programs at UCSF from 2017 to 2021.  In this role she oversaw and developed new clinical programs serving older adults across care settings.   For over a decade she has worked in home-based primary care.  More recently, she has begun working with VITAS hospice as an associate medical director, working to rethink how we care for patients with terminal dementia.  Dr. Perissinotto has gained national and international recognition for her research on the effects of loneliness on the health of older adults.  Her research and advocacy has focused on integration of loneliness assessments in health care, and evaluation and implementation of community-based programs focused on ameliorating loneliness and isolation in adults.
Carla Perissinotto

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