Maine Resilience Building Network


The Maine Resilience Building Network (MRBN) is a statewide public health 501(c)3 organization with a network reaching close to 2000 individuals and organizations across Maine. MRBN is at the forefront of thought leadership and action to bring about awareness and change that addresses the systemic inequities and root causes of poor public health and health-related outcomes related to ACEs. MRBN is recognized as a leader, convener, catalyst, and key resource for organizations, communities, education leaders and staff to create systems change and policy to improve the health and well-being of Maine's children and families.

MRBN Strategic Priorities

  • Advance systems change and improve public policy to build capacity to address the impact of ACEs, enhance resilience and protective factors, and integrate trauma-informed practices throughout organizations statewide.
  • Promote resilience by enhancing social-emotional protective factors. 
  • Cultivate Youth Mattering in Maine Communities. Mattering is strongly connected to the protective factor of social connectedness. The US CDC’s National Center on Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) recognizes social connectedness as one of the five priority social determinants of health (SDOH) that can impact health and health equity. MRBN launched Cultivating Mattering for Maine Youth in response to data and research that makes a compelling case for community involvement in promoting mental health and well-being among young people. The upstream approach to prevention will improve Maine’s rates of diseases of despair, including substance misuse and suicide. 
  • Cultivate a trauma-informed workforce in private and public sectors where all employers and employees are trained in trauma-informed/trauma-responsive concepts to support organizational and individual wellness. 
  • Utilize continuous program evaluation for quality improvement and to demonstrate effectiveness. 
  • Use data to inform communities, sectors, programs and policy makers. 
  • Provide statewide leadership to educate and mobilize communities, sectors to connect and support the social and emotional well-being of children and families using a dual generational approach. 
  • Continue to build statewide capacity of the MRBN network through professional development, serving as thought leader and convener to cultivate and support high-quality strategies to build resilience in Maine.
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