Resilience Catalysts in Public Health
Leading Public Health 3.0: Reducing and eliminating adversity by fostering equity through policy, practice and program change to build resilience.
Using the novel Community Resilience (CR) framework developed at GW, health departments across the country are convening multiple sectors to manage and deliver resources that contribute to a community’s health and wellbeing.
Operating as Chief Health Strategists, local health departments are Resilience Catalysts, driving initiatives that address the Pair of ACEs. Resilience Catalysts foster integration of cross-sector and community services and community-wide prevention by leveraging a public health approach to prevent the Pair of ACEs with a focus on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), opioid misuse, and suicide.
The first cohort of Resilience Catalyst network partners was launched in 2019 and includes Mesa County, CO, Louisville, KY, Cambridge, MA, and Appalachian District, NC. In 2020, we launched a second cohort that includes Alameda County, CA, Baltimore City, MD, Leon County, FL, Shelby County, TN, and Tacoma-Pierce County, WA. Acting as Chief Health Strategists, each local health department and their community partners have developed a system dynamics model to address ACEs through a unique local lens.
Learn more about the sites:
• Mesa County, CO: Build social cohesion by identifying the drivers in community environments that underpin poor health outcomes to disadvantaged populations.
• Louisville, KY: Reduce disparities in evictions by investing in quality, affordable housing by developing supportive policies for renters and grounding the work in local data and context analysis.
• Cambridge, MA: Reduce suicide rates among young men of color.
• Appalachian District, NC: Understand historical trauma in rural Appalachia to address the drivers/systems that lead to disparate health outcomes, inequitable employment opportunities and housing policies that stunt economic mobility.
Joining the project in 2020:
• Alameda County, CA
• Baltimore City, MD
• Leon County, FL
• Shelby County, TN
• Tacoma-Pierce County, WA