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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.