Center for Community Resilience


At the Center for Community Resilience, we believe fundamental ingredients for community resilience and wellbeing — interconnected systems, authentic community engagement at the decision-making table and equity — are absent in the lives of millions of our children and families.

With this understanding, we have an extraordinary opportunity to get it right.


Milken Institute School of Public Health - The George Washington University

  Now streaming! 

Cover page of Resilience Catalysts report

NEW! Evaluation Report: Resilience Catalysts in
Public Health

Resilience Catalysts (RC) in Public Health is a national collaborative of local health departments seeking to eliminate adversity, build resilience, and foster equity. Read this new report to learn about the RC process and how sites implemented CCR’s Community Resilience framework as a Public Health 3.0 strategy to address both adverse childhood experiences and adverse community environments.

Read the Report

View the Infographic


Multiracial group of five small children between ages 5-7 years old

NEW! Promoting Health and Wellbeing Across the Lifespan: A Call to Action & Webinar Series

CCR, in collaboration with the Institute for Women's Policy Research and the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health, is pleased to release a 2023 national policy agenda to promote health and wellbeing across the lifespan. This comprehensive agenda focuses on the building blocks for health and wellbeing to promote social and economic equity for America's children, families and communities.

View the Webinar Series

Download the Policy Agenda


Cover Page - image of three men and one woman talking

NEW! Updated Communications & Coalition Building Guide 

Acting for equity first requires establishing what it means in your work and how to talk about it in varying contexts. To assist with this, CCR is pleased to release a new iteration of its Communications and Coalition-Building Guide. This latest version offers new frameworks for understanding the roots of inequity, strategies for discussing structural racism as a public health issue, and updated approaches for building community and cross-sector power and political will to foster equity.

Watch the "Centering Equity in Communications & Coalition-Building" Webinar Recording

View the Webinar Slides

Download: CCR Communications & Coalition-Building Guide


Introducing our new
Resilience Tree!

The CCR Resilience tree illustrates positive outcomes produced in communities with equitable access to integrated supports that prevent adversity and promote social and economic wellbeing.  A companion to our Pair of ACEs tree, the Resilience tree offers a strengths-based approach for coalitions to create a shared vision of what a Resilient Community looks like and develop place-based strategies, and metrics to build environments where children and families thrive.

Watch the "Intro to the Resilience Tree" Webinar

Download: CCR's NEW primer on the Pair of ACEs & Resilience trees - and how to use them (PDF) 

Download: CCR's NEW worksheet for the Pair of ACEs & Resilience trees (PDF)



The Pair of ACEs Tree

The Pair of ACES Tree

The Pair of ACEs tree illustrates the relationship between adverse childhood experiences, experienced at the individual level within a family, and adverse community environments. The Pair of ACEs tree communicates – in simple terms – the issues we aim to address. By doing so, we are able to engage diverse stakeholders in developing policy goals that support efforts to address adversity rooted in systems and communities. 

Learn more about The Pair of ACEs



Trauma, Equity and Resilience:
Fostering Equity

Adverse community environments are the result of policies and practices across multiple systems that were perfectly designed for the place-based inequities they produce. Many of the nation’s poor live in communities of concentrated poverty not by choice, but rather by design – the cumulative result of social and criminal policies enacted over the course of our nation’s history.

Learn more about the Fostering Equity work


Community Resilience Framework

Grounded in cross-disciplinary science, the Community Resilience (CR) Framework demonstrates how cross-sector policies and practices—including in housing, public education, law enforcement, and criminal justice—interact and produce community and population health outcomes.

CCR uses the framework and system dynamics modeling to help local health departments isolate pathways of resilience by highlighting opportunities to disrupt cycles of systemic adversity.

Learn more about the CR Framework


The BCR Process

The BCR Process provides a systematic approach to help communities develop a customized solution to the root cause of inequity and adversity. Community partners across the country are bringing together diverse coalitions to create shared understanding of long-standing inequities, and work across sectors to reform practice, programs and policies to support and build resilience.

Learn more about the BCR Process


CCR 2023 Annual Report

CCR’s body of work represents a global movement built on translational research, authentic community engagement, and the power of community to repair, restore, and build more just and equitable communities for children and families. This past year we harnessed the narratives of communities to build power, weaving stories that are fostering systems change. Download our annual report to hear more about CCR's progress and success using innovative approaches in translational research to work alongside community coalitions and across sectors for long-term systems change.

Read the full Annual Report