Community Resilience Toolkit

Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on lifelong health, opportunity, and violence victimization and perpetration. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

Adverse Childhood Experiences have been linked to risky health behaviors, chronic health conditions, low life potential, and early death. As the number of ACEs increases, so does the risk for these outcomes.

Resilience is a natural counter-weight to Adverse Childhood Experiences. Resilience is the ability to thrive, adapt and cope despite tough and stressful times. The more resilient a child is, the more likely they are to deal with negative situations in a healthy way that won’t have prolonged and unfavorable outcomes. Resilience is not an innate characteristic, but rather is a skill that can be taught, learned and practiced. Research has shown that resilience is ordinary, not extraordinary. It involves behaviors, thoughts and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone.  Everybody has the ability to become resilient when surrounded by the right environments and people.

ACEs can be prevented and resilience can help strengthen lives. Learn more about preventing and responding to ACEs and practicing resilience in the San Juan County Community using this toolkit. Begin by educating yourself on ACEs, trauma impact, and resilience. Then explore some self-care techniques to help practiced what you’ve just learned. Finally, look at some of the family and parenting guides if you’re a parent, or explore some tips for service providers or organizations. 

  1. ACEs & Resilience
  2. Self-Care Practice
  3. Parent & Family Resources
  4. Resources for Organizations

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris on ACEs – This TED Talk gives a succinct overview of the ACEs Study and the long-term impact ACEs can have in one’s life.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Information about the ACEs study, definitions, journal articles, and further resources.

ACEs Study Infographic – Quick, user-friendly access to the ACEs study findings and information on how ACEs affect our lives and society.

American Psychological Association—The Road to Resilience – Helpful overview of Resilience and a guide to building and retaining resilience. 

National Child Traumatic Stress Network –Resources on culture and trauma in youth.

ACES Too High – Provides background information on ACEs, self-assessments and ways to improve your resilience. Also has updated information and articles pertaining to the ACES Community.