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Resilience can be defined as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress. Becoming more resilient not only helps you get through difficult circumstances, it also empowers you to grow and even improve your life along the way (from the American Psychological Association, Building Your Resilience,, accessed 1/4/21).

For over six years Community Benefit Connect has engaged with community benefit professionals. What do community benefit professionals care about?

  • Helping community residents improve their health.
  • Increasing access to quality care.
  • Engaging a variety of stakeholders to increase understanding about the importance of community health.
  • Accurately and appropriately reporting community benefit programs and activities.
  • Creating partnerships to address health problems and improve our local communities.
  • Making optimal use of limited resources.
  • Focusing on the social determinants of health to address the underlying causes of poor health.
  • Developing a sustainable approach to investing in community health.

What does resilience have to do with community benefit? Resiliency allows us to cope when we are facing uncertainty. Hospital community benefit efforts – our programs, activities, partnerships – provide a safety net for our communities. Hospitals are trusted places, safety zones and resources for information and healing. Community benefit professionals are community-facing advocates who deliver needed support and resources.

Community benefit programs can help people maximize resiliency during hardship. There are obvious connections with our community work and the seven skills of resilience listed below.

Seven Skills of Resilience

Principle 1: Cultivate a belief in your ability to cope.

Principle 2: Stay connected with sources of support.

Principle 3: Talk about what you’re going through.

Principle 4: Be helpful to others.

Principle 5: Activate positive emotion.

Principle 6: Cultivate an attitude of survivorship.

Principle 7: Seek meaning

(from King, K. (3/31/20)., accessed 1/4/21.)

April 2017

Community Benefit Connect Website is Now FREE! has transformed from a membership subscription to a free website.  The transformation to a free site is from the generous sponsorship by the Institute for Healthcare Advancement.  To access all the benefits

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Meeting: Community Benefit Connect Regional Convening

Community Benefit Connect Regional Convening May 3, 2017, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm Hotel Irvine, Irvine, California The Community Benefit Connect Regional Convening provides a unique networking opportunity for hospital community benefit professionals and those interested in community benefit.  We

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September 2016

Implementation Strategy A hospital’s “Implementation Strategy” is a written plan that addresses each of the community health needs identified in a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). In the Implementation Strategy the hospital describes the needs it will address and identifies

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July 2016

National Survey! Community benefit practices to improve community food environments, and reduce risk of diet-related disease. Health Care Without Harm, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is conducting a survey of tax-exempt hospitals to learn about how hospitals

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April 2016

Meetings & Webinars Southern California Convening May 4, 2016 Anaheim, CA The Community Benefit Connect Regional Convening provides a unique networking opportunity for hospital community benefit professionals and those interested in community benefit. We will discuss issues and challenges, and

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