A Seventh-day Adventist Organization
Center contact: Mirna Gonzalez, Administrative Assistant
Tel: (909) 558-4590 ext 44590
Evidence increasingly shows that cultivating a community's resilience is critical to its ability to bounce back from the adverse effects of disasters. Research also shows minority and vulnerable communities often utilize faith-based community resources to deal with health and economic challenges. In recent years, faith-based organizations have emerged as important settings for disaster preparedness, mitigation, and response.
The Academic Center for Community Resilience will provide leadership with emphasis on collaboration, capacity building, information sharing and community based stewardship. This leadership will increase and strenghten the capacity of neighborhood organizations, especially faith-based ones, to work together in solving problems while generating essential social, economic and spiritual capital that can be invaluable during times of stress.
As we look at social determinants of health, the built environment, and role of communities in individual health conditions, we are purposefully engaging in research and practice opportunities that explore how we can strenghten a community's ability to successfully face natural or man-made disasters, be resilient and provide whole, healthy communities for healthy individuals.