Healthy communities are resilient communities. In communities, resiliency plays a critical role in determining how a community responds to the factors confronting them. Will they adapt and grow, or possibly stagnate and decline?
“Community resiliency stems from and grows through community members working together to develop and build resources and, when necessary, to mobilize those resources in response to change, allowing the community to direct and affect the outcome.”1Creating Resilient Communities- Vitalyst Health Foundation
What It Means
Resiliency is the ability to adapt to some type of change. Often, resiliency is described as an ability or characteristic that enables a community, system, individual, or group to bounce back after a shock. At its core, resiliency is the ability to absorb shocks, or changes, and continue moving forward. An example of resiliency in action would be a community’s ability to continue to provide transportation options despite experiencing extreme oil shortages at the pump.
Why It Matters
Resiliency is a critical characteristic that allows healthy communities to respond to unknown future changes. Social, economic, political, and environmental changes occur frequently in communities and an ability to adapt to these changes is essential to maintain community health. How our communities handle potential challenges, and learn from them, and whether or not we will thrive in the face of them depends largely in how resilient we are.1Creating Resilient Communities- Vitalyst Health Foundation
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