By Dr. Wendy Ellis, DrPH, Director of the Center for Community Resilience

On May 25, one year ago, a man in Minneapolis went out to buy a pack of cigarettes and never came home. He didn’t travel far, yet by the end of the week the images of his death made him a household name and fueled outrage around the world. His dying words — ’I can’t breathe’ — became an anthem. Nine minutes and 30 seconds of video were more riveting than any march on Washington and more evidentiary of racism than any prior conversation on racial violence.

Person stands with a protest sign. Photo by @breasoul via nappy.

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By Ambika Mathur and Sara Wierbowski

In the midst of reports of the negative mental health effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacted upon children, we are happy to uncover an unexpected silver lining: improved familial relationships. At the Center for Community Resilience (CCR) we know family and community environments are important resources to help children rebound from adversity AND provide the launchpad for them to bounce forward and thrive. …


As we enter Mental Health Awareness Month and reflect on the April observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we’re called to bring all our tools to bear in addressing the rise in childhood trauma and mental and behavioral health issues wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our nation’s longstanding issues of persistent child abuse and neglect — which affected 1 in 7 children in 2018 — have worsened with safety measures implemented throughout the pandemic. Children have been unable to attend school or childcare, participate in extracurricular activities or access many safety-net benefits that provide critical supports. Teleworking parents have…


Authors: Sarah Baldauf, CCR Communications Consultant, and Kate Wolff, Redstone Global Center Communications Director

Of the many painful realities this past year revealed, the chokehold of white supremacy on our American systems has become even more stark. Whether it’s referred to as white supremacy or structural racism, the reality of living in America is that our systems — from schools to justice to medical to housing — offer opportunity and redemption to white people in ways they fundamentally do not for BIPOC people, including our friends, colleagues and neighbors. …


Truth and Reconciliation is the Beginning of Healing & Equity.

Authors: Wendy Ellis, DrPH, Director of the Center for Community Resilience at The George Washington University, Tia Sherèe Gaynor, PhD, Director of the Center for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation at the University of Cincinnati, and Laura Huerta Migus, MS, Executive Director of the Association of Children’s Museums

Note: Originally published January 18, 2021 in The Columbus Dispatch: Racial healing requires truth and reconciliation.

Six days into the new year, a mob of thousands of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol and attempted a coup. Symbols of white supremacy —…


Author: Dr. Wendy Ellis, Director, Center for Community Resilience

Since 2015, the Building Community Resilience (BCR) collaborative has grown from five sites to a national network of cross-sector partners, including a major public health initiative focused on community resilience and a Policy Lab focused on advancing equity in policy. In 2019, in recognition of our growing influence in the field, the Center for Community Resilience was established within the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness.

The Center for Community Resilience (CCR) seeks to improve the health of communities by enabling cross-sectoral partners to align policy, programs and…


Authors: Jeff Hild & Milena Berhane, Center for Community Resilience Policy Lab

After months of on-again, off-again negotiations, Congress overwhelmingly passed another package of COVID-19 relief and response (H.R. 133) on December 21st. This approximately $900 billion package follows up on a set of legislative responses that became law in March 2020, most notably the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”).

Dr. Wendy Ellis shares the Pair of ACEs tree.

The pandemic has deepened existing racial inequities, with Black, Latino, and Indigenous communities impacted with higher rates of infection, hospitalization, and death than whites. Additionally, while unemployment and poverty have gone up across racial groups, they…


Author: Harrison Newton, Deputy Director, Center for Community Resilience

New Release: Module IV: Advancing Equity in Policy

Since America’s inception, the systems and structures that produce inequitable outcomes in our nation have been supported by policy, often expressed as law.

It is in policy that a society reveals its priorities, even if those priorities conflict with a stated set of beliefs and values. Undoing inequity is work in which we must all engage — from the nation’s capital, to statehouses across the country, city councils, local school boards, neighborhood associations and within organizations.

To support this work, the Center for Community Resilience at George Washington University’s Milken Institute…

Center for Community Resilience

A Milken Institute School of Public Health collaborative seeking to address the root causes of childhood & community adversity.

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