As nonprofit human service leaders look to create durable change by moving upstream and building resilience, the call to become systems leaders is ever growing, and George Washington University’s Building Community Resilience (BCR) collaborative offers a promising model for addressing adversity at the community and individual levels through cross-sector partnerships.

The BCR approach provides partners with a shared understanding of how adversity associated with poverty affects health and well-being, and it lays a pathway through which they can address adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in the context of family and community.

The BCR approach engages many partners including school systems, community-based human services organizations, health care systems, grassroots community initiatives, and more. Together, they are better able to address the social determinants of health and ACES, which can increase a person’s risk for poor coping mechanisms and result in lifelong chronic illness such as depression, heart disease, obesity, and substance abuse.

Through systems leadership, organizations can be partners in not just delivering services, but fostering culture of well-being.

Learn more about the BCR collaborative by watching this video or reading this HuffPost guest blog post.

National Leader in Community Resilience to Speak at Alliance Conference

Wendy Ellis headshotJoin Wendy Ellis, director of the BCR collaborative, and fellow executives in a dialogue on driving systems change that moves efforts to improve well-being upstream. Ellis is one of the featured speakers at the 2018 Executive Leadership Conference, to be held May 16-18 in Birmingham, Alabama.

This conference will focus on building resilience at the person, community, and systems levels to address the determinants of well-being, health, education, and economic opportunity.

Contact the Alliance Meetings Department with questions.