Implementing A Community Resiliency Approach: A Chicago Example - Part 2


The Great Lakes PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.

This webinar will build on the introductory webinar (Part 1) Mitigating the Effects of Individual and Family Trauma through a Community Resiliency by highlighting a case example and sharing best practices related to building resilience in and with communities. Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (ReCAST) is a federal, 5-year initiative that harnesses the power of community-based organizations and residents to create resources and promote healthy ways to heal from challenges. The goal of ReCAST is to build community resilience in Chicago through trauma-informed practices, violence prevention and community-informed plans. This webinar will highlight how ReCAST incorporated concepts and strategies, shared in the introductory webinar, to build resiliency in Chicago, IL. Participants will learn also learn about challenges, solutions, and lessons learned.   


  • Identify resilience building strategies and activities
  • Identify methods and data that can be used to assess resilience building strategies and activities
  • Understand how the community context, including key stakeholders, readiness, and culture, can influence resilience building strategies


This is part 2 of of two-part series. View the recording of Part 1:
Introductory Webinar: 
Mitigating Effects of Individual and Family Trauma through Community Resiliency



Sarah Gabriella HernandezSarah Gabriella Hernandez is an evaluator and researcher specializing in community-engaged and participatory approaches. She has collaborated with diverse organizations and community partners across Chicago to conduct mixed-methods research, culturally responsive and developmental evaluations, program development and coordination, community health assessments, and dissemination. 

As the evaluation manager of Resiliency in Communities after Stress and Trauma (ReCAST), Hernandez coordinates evaluation activities that assess community resilience and trauma-informed practices. She also leads participatory research and evaluation capacity building with ReCAST Community Ambassadors. Along with her community-based work, she contributes to the design and coordination of two foundation-funded evaluations.



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