In collaboration with the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) and the American Public Health Association (APHA), the Building Community Resilience Network and Collaborative is launching a new initiative to foster equity and address adverse childhood and community experiences through policy, practice and program change. Using the Community Resilience (CR) framework developed by Wendy Ellis, six health departments across the country are convening multiple sectors at the local, state and federal level to manage and deliver resources that contribute to a community’s health and wellbeing.
Leaders in local public 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 childhood adversity, suicide, and opioid addiction and misuse.
The Resilience Catalyst project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will launch in Mesa County, CO, Louisville, KY, Cambridge, MA, Appalachian District, NC, and Dallas County, TX, with additional sites expected to be announced in 2020. “We are thrilled to be expanding the community resilience process and framework to leaders within county public health systems. These Resilience Catalysts are working on the front lines to battle chronic disease, substance abuse and other public health challenges such as ACEs and suicide. Using the BCR process, these leaders will build a collective to make measurable progress toward common goals that improve outcomes across multiple generations,” said Ellis, project director.
Learn more at go.gwu.edu/bcr.