Community Resilience for Children

Building Community Resilience for Children and Families

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Crisis situations are especially difficult for children emotionally. Often, the perception that children are naturally resilient causes people to expect them to simply bounce back from a disaster. However, children are profoundly affected by the upheaval in their worlds and need opportunities to share their concerns with other children and caring adults in order to recover from and cope with the effects of a disaster. This course for building resilience focuses on children and their families, because they are a vulnerable population.

CEUs: 1 contact hour (0.1 CEUs) awarded upon successful completion


By the end of the training, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the components of a resilient community
  • Define disaster
  • List risks children face after a disaster
  • Describe public health’s role in building resilience
  • Recognize suitable approaches for talking to children after a disaster


Capability 1: Community Preparedness

Function 2: Build community partnerships to support health preparedness

Function 3: Engage with community organizations to foster public health, medical, and mental/behavioral health social networks

Capability 2: Community Recovery

Function 3: Implement corrective actions to mitigate damages from future accidents


1. Model Leadership

1.2 Manage behaviors associated with emotional responses in self and others.

1.3 Facilitate collaboration with internal and external emergency response partners.

2. Communicate and Manage Information

2.2 Use principles of crisis and risk communication.

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