April 12 & 13, 2023          SAMOSET Resort, Rockport, Maine


Creating an equitable shared path forward to promote resilience in Maine communities

Dr. Wendy Ellis, PhD, MPH

Keynote & Afternoon Workshop April 12

Founding Director of the Center for Community Resilience
George Washington University

Dr. Ellis will discuss how to apply a community resilience framework with a public health perspective to address mental and behavioral health. Using the concept of the “Pair of ACEs” – adverse childhood experiences in the context of adverse community environments—Dr. Ellis will share concrete examples of how multiple sectors including housing, public education, law enforcement and criminal justice are collaborating to address many of the antecedents that contribute to maladaptive behaviors, criminality and negative health outcomes. Attendees will learn how to identify key community assets and resources, promote upstream efforts to address social determinants and build community resilience. 

Dr. Ellis Bio

Risa Wilkerson, MA, Executive DirectorPhil Bors, MPH, Senior Project Director

Keynote & Afternoon Workshop
April 13

Socially Connected Communities: Solutions for Social Isolation

Workshop FocusPrioritizing policies and systems to ensure social connectedness and resilience for our youth, families, and communities.

Description: Meaningful social connections are a basic human need, and strong social connections and networks can boost a person’s lifespan by 50 percent. Communities designed with spaces and conditions that bring people together and create a sense of belonging can enhance the mental, physical, and emotional health and well-being of residents. Join us for this mini-workshop, led by Healthy Places by Design, to learn about the impact of social isolation on human health, its roots in community policies and norms, and innovative solutions that build trust and reconnect neighbors. Individuals and teams from Maine communities and regions will work together to develop concrete action steps for strengthening sustainable social connections to pursue when returning home.


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