Community resilience framed strategies address root causes of public health issues and address health equity as well. A community  resilience approach helps our systems and policies go “upstream” and prioritize prevention.  Without it, we sustain the cycle of repair — endlessly treating the fallout without addressing the systems, policies, and practices that perpetuate the issue. When we look to build community resilience, we understand that resilience can be supported and promoted at both the individual and the community level.  Community resilience recognizes that structures and systems at the community level must be activated across sectors to address health equity, and must be inclusive of all voices, those with lived experience and across the lifespan.

The Maine Resilience Building Network team invites you to reach out to us at  to schedule a time to discuss Reframing Public Health Through a Community Resilience Lens. We value your perspective and thoughts.


By reframing public health through a community resilience lens, we can build stronger community systems and structures that can address a wide range of health challenges broadly defined. Such an approach is critical to promoting health equity and addressing systemic root causes. The Community Resilience-framed approach to public health enables community-driven solutions to a wide range of health issues. 

MRBN released a brief on the issue in January 2022. The full brief and an executive summary are available below. We invite you to read them and share your thoughts and perspective.

Social determinants of health are conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Conditions (e.g., social, economic, and physical) in these various environments and settings (e.g., school, church, workplace, and neighborhood) have been referred to as “place.” In addition to the more material attributes of “place,” the patterns of social engagement and sense of security and well-being are also affected by where people live (US DHHS, 2020).

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