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We are constantly working on different objectives to advance the goals of our group. We will be updating this section regularly, so check back often!

Latest News (see left links for events, guests and grant news)

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:

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 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.

9/22/05: NIA 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 project will begin enrolling participants in spring 2006.

7/8/05: St. 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 first place.”

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

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 Castro 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.

At 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.

4/14/05: On 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.


3/15/05: The 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 or at your local grocery, pharmacy or bookstore.

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