Resilience – adaptation in the face of adversity – is often the difference between a community that can survive and thrive after a disaster, and one that struggles over years to recover.
In 2013, the Rockefeller Foundation created 100 Resilient Cities – an organization dedicated to helping cities around the world build resilience to the social, economic, and physical challenges that are an increasing part of the 21st century. One year later, President Barack Obama recognized the critical need for investment in clinical infrastructure and announced the National Disaster Resilience Competition, which will award nearly $1 billion to communities to help communities recovering from natural disasters to help them rebuild and increase their resilience to future disasters.
The Rockefeller Foundation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are now working together to build a vision for resilient communities. The 2016 Preparedness Summit’s opening plenary will explore public health’s integral role in making this goal of more resilient communities a reality. HUD’s Marion McFadden and the 100 Resilient Cities’ Andrew Salkin will join Dr. Nicole Lurie from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response to discuss their programs and public health’s vital place in the federal government’s community resilience efforts.