Public health is where you are.
We connect with the communities we serve through collaborative partnerships and investing in opportunities that build potential for resilience, or to bounce back when faced with adversity. Over the years we have asserted that there are too many deficit based tools and measures, it is time to focus on strengths and resilience. We developed a community cultural resilience model below in partnership with Native Pride.
Based on this model, and our desired outcomes of high resilience and low risk, we created the community cultural resilience scale. This was administered during program activities and community events. Respondents rated their community's cultural resilience using a 5-point scale where 1= crisis, 2= Vulnerable, 3= Safe, 4= Stable, and 5= Thriving.
The four dimensions of community cultural resilience are:
Community cultural knowledge and connections
Community language involvement and usage
Sense of community and attachment
Community intergenerational connections
Our evaluation demonstrated that community cultural resilience scores increased from baseline to follow-up. A public health approaches requires us to document and define what resilience and collaboration mean before we begin to take action.