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Resilience Planning Pilot (PDF)

Project Description

The Composite of Post-Event Well-Being (COPEWELL) is an evidence-based model and collection of tools that fosters a community-wide understanding and sparks cross-sector dialogue about the complex nature of community resilience as it pertains to disasters. It uses data-driven tools to assess community functioning and predict resilience, and provides resources that communities can utilize to address identified gaps to improve community functioning before, during, and after disasters.

There are 4 main tools for practitioners to use flexibly in ways that meet the needs of their communities:

  1.  COPEWELL Framework: A whole-of-community framework that helps communities understand resilience and the factors that influence it
  2. Computational Model & Data: A county-level model of community functioning and resilience, which uses publicly available data and produces “heat maps” to aid visualization of findings
  3. Self-Assessment Tools: A set of tools (“COPEWELL Rubrics”) that communities can use to assess their own functioning and resilience
  4. Resources for Change: A set of curated intervention strategies tied to the framework to help communities strengthen their functioning and resilience

Project Leaders: Tara Kirk Sell, Monica Schoch-Spana, and Crystal Watson

Previous Project Leaders: Jon Links, Tom Inglesby, and Jim Kendra

Supported By: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Johns Hopkins University




Our Mission

To protect people’s health from epidemics and disasters and ensure that communities are resilient to major challenges.