Greater Cincinnati Region
Building Community Resilience:
Greater Cincinnati Region
"Joining Forces for Children aims to improve child health and wellness by strengthening the protective factors that build resilience in children and their families. Over the last two years, we have seen this work strongly resonate with - and inspire - parents, social service providers, educators, health care providers, and community members. Most exciting is the energy and effort contributed by individuals and organizations as we collaborate to improve outcomes for our community and children."
-Dr. Bob Shapiro,
Division Director, Mayerson Center for Safe & Healthy Children, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
The Greater Cincinnati Region’s Core BCR Team
Joining Forces for Children, the regional initiative participating in the Building Community Resilience (BCR) learning collaborative, is spearheaded by The Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and spans multiple counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Joining Forces for Children (JFfC) includes over 50 organizations and 600 members from school systems, social service agencies, medical providers, parenting support organizations, early childhood professionals, home visitation services, and many other stakeholders.
The Community Context
Adapting and Growing Through the BCR Process
Policy and Advocacy
Joining Forces for Children utilized the support of BCR policy experts in responding to local and statewide advocacy opportunities. In both Ohio and Kentucky, policy makers are responding to the opioid crisis. With BCR’s support, Joining Forces for Children leadership developed relationships with legislators and were asked to provide continued guidance and information as more funding is allocated to both the trauma informed care funding for families and children and prevention and response to the opioid crisis. With the help of BCR’s Policy Director, Joining Forces for Children leadership crafted coalition letters, letters to the editor, and best practice information on the biological impact of ACEs, the need for an upstream analysis and response to the multi-generational trauma related to the opioid crisis.
With each channel working towards specific system goals and objectives to accomplish over the next 1-2 years, the JFfC backbone staff are developing dashboards to measure channel work and system impact using a multi-method evaluation approach. JFfC will to continue to learn from the national BCR learning collaborative and other cities that are developing community-wide measurement of exposure to adversities and factors that support resilience.
MD Division Director Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy
Children Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Dr. Wendy Ellis, PhD, MPH
Center for Community Resilience
The George Washington University