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07/11/06: Linda Luecken, a member of RSG, released a report with Maricopa County Department of Public Health, and the Alliance for Innovations in Health Care recently released a copy of the executive report for a collaborative project on prenatal care in Maricopa County. The report, Prenatal Care Satisfaction and Resilience Factors in Maryvale and South Phoenix, Arizona, is available here. Learn more about the project by visiting our RSG Grants page.
06/12/06: This weekend, the ASU Summer Institute on Community will be held at the Fiesta Inn Resort in Tempe, Arizona. The Institute will run from Friday, June 16th to Sunday, June 18th. John Hall, Alex Zautra and Mary Davis of Resilience Solutions will be presenting at the Institute. For more information and to register, please visit the conference website: http://www.asu.edu/ssc/communitypsychology/index.htm
04/06/06: Kate Murray, of Resilience Solutions, was recently awarded a Fulbright scholarship for the upcoming 2006-07 year. She will be traveling to Brisbane, Australia and affiliated with the Community Engagement Centre at the University of Queensland http://www.uq.edu.au/boilerhouse/. Her Fulbright scholarship and dissertation work will compare refugee resettlement programs in the United States and Australia. She will be examining the impact of resettlement policy as well as community, family, and individual level risk and resilience factors that influence refugee adaptation and wellbeing.
11/16/05: On Wednesday, November
16th, St. Luke’s
Health Initiatives announced
the grant recipients of their new Health in a New Key
initiative. The celebration at Tempe Mission
Palms marked St. Luke’s 10-year anniversary as
a foundation and kicked off their new resilience campaign.
The foundation will be investing $1.2 million over
the next five years on nine grants that focus on “building
strength by starting with what we have, not what we
lack,” said SLHI executive director Roger Hughes.
Resilience Solutions Group has been intimately connected
to the development of the Health in a New Key Campaign.
One of the Community Partnership grant recipients, The
Family Health Partnerships Program, has been a collaborator
with RSG on the Neonatal
Health Outcomes Study. In addition,
Resilience Solutions will be providing resilience training
workshops for a funded grant proposed by The
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Dr. Linda Luecken was a featured speaker at the event,
teaming with Diane Zipley from the Alliance for Innovations
in Health Care to discuss Community-University partnerships.
awards Resilience Solutions with $2.1 million grant
to study individual and community resilience in Phoenix
The National Institute on Aging recently
announced they would invest in a 5-year project proposed
by the Resilience Solutions Group to examine risk and
resilience factors in the face of aging. This multi-million
dollar project will look at how resilience factors contribute
to health and well-being in 800 adults from 40 different
communities across the Valley of the Sun. One reviewer
of the grant at NIA stated,
“This is highly significant
work that will provide answers to questions concerning
variations in health…This work cuts to the
heart of the debate over resilience that has occupied
researchers for decades.”
The Resilience project will examine
the capacity for “Successful aging” within
ethnically diverse communities in the greater Phoenix region, and fill important
gaps in our knowledge of the prospects for health and well-being among peoples
of Hispanic heritage as well as European-Americans. Many people are able
to preserve their health throughout mid-life, but others
are not. The Resilience
project aims to identify biopsychosocial factors that sustain wellbeing and
protect against disability by enhancing capacity to recover following stress.
The present research focuses on the contribution of resilience factors across
generations, that is, the effects of resilience factors on the health of
elders. The Resilience project will use a variety of methods
to capture resilience,
ranging from individual physiological responses in the laboratory, to daily
experiences within one’s social world in diary assessments, to the
impact of the community in which one resides by using GIS data. The Resilience
will begin enrolling participants in spring 2006.
Luke’s Health Initiatives held a community
forum on Friday, July 8th to announce the launch
of their new grant initiative “Health in
a Key”. The initiative is a five year,
$5 million program that will fund proposals focusing
on the concept of resilience and developing the
strengths and capacities of our communities.
The Resilience Solutions Group has been working
with SLHI over the last few years to develop
research and outreach programming based on the
themes of resilience. Executive Director of SLHI,
Roger Hughes stated,
“John and his colleague,
Alex Zautra a professor of Psychology, are one
of the principle reasons we got into this in the
The initiative is being launched
in honor of St. Luke’s 10 year anniversary.
Applications are due by August 26th. To learn
more about SLHI’s Resilience grant initiative,
visit their website at http://www.slhi.org/
John Hall supports the Resilience
Initiative proposed by SLHI, “It is important
to change the way we talk about these things, focusing
on the capacities
and strengths of individuals and communities.”
5/25/05: At the annual meeting for the
Society for Prevention Research (SPR), RSG member Felipe
was awarded with the Community,
Culture and Science Award. At their
annual conference, held in Washington, D.C. from May 25th
to the 27th, Felipe
was honored with this award for his significant contributions
to the field of prevention science.
the SPR conference, he presented data on the “Early
Life Correlates of Resilient Coping among Drug Users
in Recovery”. In this study, individual speech
samples were evaluated on psychological aspects of resilience
including emotion regulation, organized problem solving,
cognitive complexity and an overall rating of resilience.
The ratings of resilience were compared to other clinical
rating scales, and measures of urbanicity and socioeconomic
status across three points of the individual’s
life (middle school, high school and current). For more
detailed information about the study click on the link
and you can access the pdf file of the results.
Early Life Correlates of Resilient Coping among Drug
Users in Recovery
By Felipe Gonzalez Castro & Rebeca
Apr. 14, we had the privilege of attending the Maricopa
Association of Governments’ (MAG) Strategies
Planning Meeting at the South Mountain Educational
Resource Center. Around thirty members of MAG’s
Human Services Coordinating Committee and Human Services
Technical Committee attended this meeting. Alex Zautra
and John Hall presented the group with the concept
of resilience and engaged them in a discussion of
existing programs around the Valley that are built
on principles of resilience. This meeting presented
a wonderful opportunity for us to share our framework
with influential community leaders and assist them
in utilizing resilience approaches in Maricopa County
development and programming.
Professors John Hall and Alex
Zautra speak with one of the participants of the
MAG meeting on Resilience.
Institute for Mental Health Research recently announced
the funding of two projects that were proposed by Resilience
Solutions researchers. Drs. Kathryn Lemery and Felipe
Castro received funding from a recent IMHR initiative
to fund Arizona researchers conducting research related
to mental health and mental illness. Both projects will
further explore themes of resilience such as the factors
that may protect children from child psychopathology
and the sources of resilience among leaders in the Hispanic
community. To read more about their proposed projects,
see Grant Research.
3/15/05: Professor John
Reich is featured in this month’s March edition
of Essence magazine in an article, Health:
How Happy Are You? In the article, Reich urges
individuals to take action in bringing positive things
into their lives. He states, “Good things may very
well come to those who wait, but happy people actually
make good things happen.” The article provides
tips and insights to improve your health and resilience.
Essence magazine is available online at www.essence.com or
at your local grocery, pharmacy or bookstore.