Community Resilience Cookbook

Learning the science behind ACEs, trauma, adversity, and resilience and building community strength

When people learn about the ACE Study, they have a range of reactions, from sorrow to outrage to relief at having a framework—finally—that explains their own or others’ behavior. Then they ask, “What can I do?”

This cookbook aims to answer that question. Whether you are the director of a YMCA, the head of a county health department, a sheriff, a school principal, a pediatrician or a parent, it will offer you context, definitions and questions to help you think about building resilience where you live. It will describe how communities in the United States and Canada are putting the theories of ACEs and resilience into practice.

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Acknowledgements: Produced by the Health Federation of Philadelphia with the generous support from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Thank you to the Institute for Safe Families, who started this work. Special thanks to the leaders and residents of the nine resilient communities.

Writer: Anndee Hochman
Writer: Jane Stevens
Editor: Linda Chamberlain, PhD
Review: Robert Anda, MD
Review: Andrew Garner, MD

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