An Agenda to Advance Integrative Resilience Research and Practice
We hope everyone is enjoying a healthy and productive start to
2017. While it has been a few months since our last newsletter, the issues
related to strengthening the resilience of communities remain ever more
resonant and critical in the new year. Not only do we have unprecedented
events influencing our communities, our nation, and our world, but we still
face a significant mix of stresses that will continue to affect the
viability and robustness of where we live and work. We will need to remain
vigilant in pulling together new approaches that blend the best of science
and practice across disciplines and sectors in order to respond effectively
to these challenges. We also have a great opportunity to use resilience
science and practice to reimagine how we build our systems and communities.
We look forward to sharing these new tools and recent reports
with each of you, and hope that you will email us about your resilience
activities to keep this important dialogue going.
People are facing an increasing
variety and number of stressors. The nature of these stressors ranges
from interpersonal and financial difficulties to environmental hazards
and societal forces, affecting individuals, institutions, and
communities. Extensive research has focused on the healthiest and most
effective ways that people and communities respond to and recover from
stress. While resilience science has advanced greatly in terms of
understanding the factors that promote individual as well as community
resilience, there is increasing recognition of the need for
transdisciplinary research (among disciplines such as psychology,
environmental health, public health, architecture, planning and community
development, economics, political science, criminal justice, etc.).
This report summarizes proceedings
from a unique meeting of leading researchers, practitioners, and
policymakers in the field of resilience, convened by the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation and the RAND Corporation. The document offers an
agenda for the future of resilience research and practice.
The ENGAGED toolkit assists
emergency planners and nongovernmental organization (NGOs) stakeholders
in determining the capacity and capability of particular NGOs for
disaster response and recovery. In addition, the toolkit fills an
important gap in knowledge and understanding about the key elements that
drive NGO participation.
The RAND Corporation, in partnership
with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH);
the University of Colorado – Denver; and the University of California,
Los Angeles, conducted a study to show how partnerships help government
agencies, and particularly public health entities, support more efficient
and effective recovery. The study resulted in a toolkit, called
Partnerships for Recovery Across The Sectors (PRACTIS), which leverages
the lessons learned from that study and translates them into actionable
guidance for local health departments (LHDs).
The toolkit offers LHDs three tools: (1) a sample survey
and steps for fielding the survey to help LHDs identify the key CBOs that
contribute to disaster response and recovery, (2) a quality improvement
guide and sample quality improvement report to help generate guidance
about the strengths and weaknesses of the partnerships between LHDs and
CBOs and between CBOs, and (3) a tabletop recovery exercise that can be
used to improve the relationship between LHDs and CBOs. While the tools
are geared towards LHDs and CBOs, there is potential for adaptation to
other sector relationships.
The Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities
(CRGC) aims to assess and address the ways in which the 2010 Deepwater
Horizon oil spill affects the health, social, and economic wellbeing of
people in the Gulf Coast region. Established in 2015 with funding from
the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, CRGC is led by the RAND Gulf
States Policy Institute, in partnership with Louisiana State University,
Tulane University, University of South Alabama, and Louisiana Public
Our transdisciplinary research and outreach activities
include a wide range of efforts designed to help communities more
effectively understand, withstand, and overcome the multiple stressors
brought on by catastrophic oil spills. Information and tools for
scientists and practitioners are available on the CRGC website. You can also stay
updated with our efforts by liking us on Facebook.
A recent community-based participatory study to address
gun violence in New Haven, Connecticut adapted RAND's community
resilience framework to guide the work of multiple sectors and broader
community response to gun violence. The study found that the framework
was effective for mitigating exposure to gun violence in communities with
persistent gun violence and activating community members and local
officials to engage in gun violence research. The full study can be found
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