Adapting to Adversity amid a Global Pandemic
Jun 11, 2021
To advance the science of resilience — how individuals and communities adapt to stress, from interpersonal difficulties to environmental hazards and societal forces — researchers and practitioners from different fields must work together. This report presents recommendations for an integrated agenda for promoting transdisciplinary resilience research, drawing on proceedings from a 2016 Resilience Roundtable and a supplementary literature review.
Key Themes From a Resilience Roundtable
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People are facing an increasing variety and number of stressors, ranging from interpersonal difficulties to environmental hazards and societal forces. Resilience is the process of, capacity for, or outcome of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress. The science of resilience has advanced greatly since 2000, but there is an increasing recognition of the need for researchers and practitioners from different disciplines and sectors to work better together on this topic and for a shared agenda for promoting transdisciplinary resilience research.
The report provides a path forward, primarily built on proceedings from a Resilience Roundtable, held in June 2016, and supplemented with relevant literature review. The Resilience Roundtable brought together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers, across disciplines and sectors for a daylong discussion of where and how we can move to a more integrated and cohesive resilience agenda, with attention to critical factors that would motivate more collaborative work. The roundtable identified priorities for advancing a shared resilience agenda and made ten recommendations for implementing it.
Resilience Roundtable to Generate Agenda Priorities
Stresses: A Resilience Framework Should Be Applied Across a Variety of Stresses
Systems: A Systems Approach to Building Resilience Is Required
Workforce: Resilience Can Be Built by Strengthening Community Leadership, the Broader Workforce, and Educational Training Programs
Summary and Next Steps
Approaches and Example Interventions That Address Key Factors Related to Individual and Community Resilience
Summary of Resilience Roundtable Discussion
Meeting Attendee List
Self-Reflection Questions for Individual Readers
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