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GW Initiative Draws $1.6 Million to Build Resilience, Counter Childhood & Community Adversity

The Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at the George Washington University (GW) Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) recently received an $800,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation for its Building Community Resilience (BCR) initiative.

[Photo: BCR Project Director Ms.Wendy Ellis]

This grant matches an $800,000 grant awarded last year from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) to support BCR work through the Nemours Foundation. BCR addresses the root causes of adversity to improve children’s health and life outcomes by aligning resources and systems to strengthen community resilience, including pediatric health care and local governments. Currently, the initiative consists of five pilot sites across the country, which serve as a learning collaborative through which best practices are developed and shared.

The Kresge Foundation grant was awarded to advance a new partnership between BCR and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), which will initiate and develop partnerships with local health departments to support child, family and community health. The academic home of the BCR initiative is at the Redstone Center, while the activities take place at the five sites across the country: Cincinnati, OH, Dallas, TX, Portland, OR, Wilmington, DE, and Washington, DC.

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