Community Benefit - Preparing Communities to be Healthy, Resilient

October 28, 2013
by Julie Trocchio, RN, M.S. and Jeffrey Levi, Ph.D.
Health Progress (Journal of the Catholic Health Association of the United States)

Health care organizations have plans for preparing their facilities in case of disasters and plans for how to respond when disasters occur. But as they play a greater and greater role in community health, hospitals also have important opportunities to help their communities prepare and to promote resilience — that is, working to create a community that can stay strong in the face of emergencies and man-made and natural disasters.

Resilient communities are characterized by healthy people who have access to health care — including mental health — and who have the knowledge and resources to care for themselves and others in both routine and emergency situations. Resilient communities can adapt to adversity and rapidly restore community functioning, thus minimizing negative health consequences.

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