The Issue:

Our commitment to reduce childhood adversity and build community resilience is in response to the growing body of research showing how early brain development and experiences are at the root of most major diseases and societal problems. While we are eager to begin this work, we believe that before we start investing for tomorrow, we need to take stock of where we are today.

To inform our work, the Foundation engaged the Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing at the University of Texas School of Social Work to identify the local assets within various sectors that support families and communities. Our goals were to better understand what assets already exist that we can learn from, build on, connect with, and scale up to help create a more resilient community.

Further, the intention of this asset map project was to serve as a springboard to foster discussion around available supports available in Travis County to build resilient children and families and explore areas that could be further developed through innovative and cross-sector approaches.

The Findings:

This asset mapping project focused specifically on Travis County with a longer-term vision to replicate in other counties if it proved to be a community benefit.

Key Findings for Travis County Resilience Assets:

  • Travis County has a wealth of innovative community members dedicated to promoting optimal health, development, and support for children and families.
  • The highlight of this research was hearing about the strong commitment from many community providers, advocates, and planners to develop trauma-informed approaches and building individual, family, and community resilience.
  • A significant part of the community has a very high level of knowledge in the prevention, screening, and treatment of trauma, and a willingness to think critically and “out of the box” for solutions.
  • Many stakeholders described feelings of community responsibility and an increased momentum over the last few years to address the needs of all children to prevent exposure to adversity and build resilience

Examining local assets to build a more resilient community and reduce childhood adversity

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Foundations to Thrive

Foundations to Thrive

Examining local assets to build a more resilient community and reduce childhood adversity

Examining local assets to build a more resilient community and reduce childhood adversity

We hope providing this information and framework will help those hesitant to enter the field to know that there are resources and thought partners they can lean on. And, for those already working in this area, we hope this work demonstrates that there are colleagues across multiple sectors that they can reach out to for collaborative work.

The Issue:

Our commitment to reduce childhood adversity and build community resilience is in response to the growing body of research showing how early brain development and experiences are at the root of most major diseases and societal problems. While we are eager to begin this work, we believe that before we start investing for tomorrow, we need to take stock of where we are today.

To inform our work, the Foundation engaged the Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing at the University of Texas School of Social Work to identify the local assets within various sectors that support families and communities. Our goals were to better understand what assets already exist that we can learn from, build on, connect with, and scale up to help create a more resilient community.

Further, the intention of this asset map project was to serve as a springboard to foster discussion around available supports available in Travis County to build resilient children and families and explore areas that could be further developed through innovative and cross-sector approaches.

The Findings:

This asset mapping project focused specifically on Travis County with a longer-term vision to replicate in other counties if it proved to be a community benefit.

Key Findings for Travis County Resilience Assets:

  • Travis County has a wealth of innovative community members dedicated to promoting optimal health, development, and support for children and families.
  • The highlight of this research was hearing about the strong commitment from many community providers, advocates, and planners to develop trauma-informed approaches and building individual, family, and community resilience.
  • A significant part of the community has a very high level of knowledge in the prevention, screening, and treatment of trauma, and a willingness to think critically and “out of the box” for solutions.
  • Many stakeholders described feelings of community responsibility and an increased momentum over the last few years to address the needs of all children to prevent exposure to adversity and build resilience

TAKEAWAY

The Foundations to Thrive framework expanded upon the traditional adversity models which tend to solely focus on the individual children and family member’s experience of ACEs, to also include elements that build community resilience which foster the conditions that enable all community members to thrive.

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Beth Gerlach, PhD, LCSW
Beth Gerlach, PhD, LCSW
Adjunct Assistant Professor and Research Associate
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
Monica Faulkner, PhD, LMSW
Monica Faulkner, PhD, LMSW
Research Associate Professor
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
Marian Morris, PhD, MPH, RN
Marian Morris, PhD, MPH, RN
Clinical Outcomes and Quality Data Specialist
Texas Center for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Disease
Amanda N. Barczyk, PhD, MSW
Amanda N. Barczyk, PhD, MSW
Affiliate Faculty
Department of Population Health
Heather Van Diest, LCSW
Heather Van Diest, LCSW
Senior Social Worker
UT Health Austin
Heather Larkin Holloway, PhD
Heather Larkin Holloway, PhD
Associate Professor
SUNY

St. David's Foundation Senior Program Officer Kim McPherson
Kim McPherson
Senior Program Officer

Examining local assets to build a more resilient community and reduce childhood adversity

We hope providing this information and framework will help those hesitant to enter the field to know that there are resources and thought partners they can lean on. And, for those already working in this area, we hope this work demonstrates that there are colleagues across multiple sectors that they can reach out to for collaborative work.

The Issue:

Our commitment to reduce childhood adversity and build community resilience is in response to the growing body of research showing how early brain development and experiences are at the root of most major diseases and societal problems. While we are eager to begin this work, we believe that before we start investing for tomorrow, we need to take stock of where we are today.

To inform our work, the Foundation engaged the Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing at the University of Texas School of Social Work to identify the local assets within various sectors that support families and communities. Our goals were to better understand what assets already exist that we can learn from, build on, connect with, and scale up to help create a more resilient community.

Further, the intention of this asset map project was to serve as a springboard to foster discussion around available supports available in Travis County to build resilient children and families and explore areas that could be further developed through innovative and cross-sector approaches.

The Findings:

This asset mapping project focused specifically on Travis County with a longer-term vision to replicate in other counties if it proved to be a community benefit.

Key Findings for Travis County Resilience Assets:

  • Travis County has a wealth of innovative community members dedicated to promoting optimal health, development, and support for children and families.
  • The highlight of this research was hearing about the strong commitment from many community providers, advocates, and planners to develop trauma-informed approaches and building individual, family, and community resilience.
  • A significant part of the community has a very high level of knowledge in the prevention, screening, and treatment of trauma, and a willingness to think critically and “out of the box” for solutions.
  • Many stakeholders described feelings of community responsibility and an increased momentum over the last few years to address the needs of all children to prevent exposure to adversity and build resilience
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Beth Gerlach, PhD, LCSW
Beth Gerlach, PhD, LCSW
Adjunct Assistant Professor and Research Associate
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
Monica Faulkner, PhD, LMSW
Monica Faulkner, PhD, LMSW
Research Associate Professor
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
Marian Morris, PhD, MPH, RN
Marian Morris, PhD, MPH, RN
Clinical Outcomes and Quality Data Specialist
Texas Center for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Disease
Amanda N. Barczyk, PhD, MSW
Amanda N. Barczyk, PhD, MSW
Affiliate Faculty
Department of Population Health
Heather Van Diest, LCSW
Heather Van Diest, LCSW
Senior Social Worker
UT Health Austin
Heather Larkin Holloway, PhD
Heather Larkin Holloway, PhD
Associate Professor
SUNY
Beth Gerlach, PhD, LCSW
Beth Gerlach, PhD, LCSW
Adjunct Assistant Professor and Research Associate
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
Monica Faulkner, PhD, LMSW
Monica Faulkner, PhD, LMSW
Research Associate Professor
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
Marian Morris, PhD, MPH, RN
Marian Morris, PhD, MPH, RN
Clinical Outcomes and Quality Data Specialist
Texas Center for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Disease
Amanda N. Barczyk, PhD, MSW
Amanda N. Barczyk, PhD, MSW
Affiliate Faculty
Department of Population Health
Heather Van Diest, LCSW
Heather Van Diest, LCSW
Senior Social Worker
UT Health Austin
Heather Larkin Holloway, PhD
Heather Larkin Holloway, PhD
Associate Professor
SUNY

St. David's Foundation Senior Program Officer Kim McPherson
Kim McPherson
Senior Program Officer
St. David's Foundation Senior Program Officer Kim McPherson
Kim McPherson
Senior Program Officer
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