About CHRI: Community Health Resilience Initiative

The Community Health Resilience Initiative (CHRI) is a collaborative project, involving both public- and private-sector partners, to strengthen and enhance community health resilience across the Nation. The goal of the Initiative is to develop an operational resource guide and toolkit for those with interest in community health resilience and preparedness to better assure holistic public health and safety.

These efforts are guided by a national Stakeholder Group of key practitioners and experts from all levels of government and stakeholder organizations, including those involved in public health, healthcare, emergency management, environment, agriculture, and other relevant disciplines and functions. The Initiative is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Health Affairs (OHA) and supported by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

This website houses the CHRI Planning Guide and Toolkit that allow communities to access various resources and documents that may help to build and support Community Health Resilience.

News/ blog entries

September 12, 2017 - Hurricane Help The U.S. Department of Education is working with other federal agencies, such as FEMA and DHS, to ensure continuation of critical services to students, families, and educators and the restoration of the learning environment. This website provides a list of helpful resources for individuals looking for Hurricane help as it relates to education.
September 11, 2017 - Helping Children Cope Disasters can leave children and teens feeling frightened, confused and insecure. And kids' responses can be quite varied. It's important to not only recognize these reactions, but also help children cope with their emotions.
September 08, 2017 - Hurricane Irma Resources The Florida Department of Education is in contact with school districts, state colleges and universities for updates and to determine needs before, during and after emergency events. All school districts, colleges and universities are monitoring Hurricane Irma and collaborating with local emergency preparedness officials to make decisions that ensure student and staff safety. Colleges and universities are also working with students who may need assistance with relocation.
August 30, 2017 - Trauma Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources Will link the user – both emergency and mental health responders – with supporting information and techniques in addressing the trauma resulting from this disaster. The below URL includes the PowerPoint presentation provided to responders which provides succinct trauma-informed information, the tool’s modules and up-to-date resource information.
August 30, 2017 - How to Prepare for an Emergency This tool set provides many checklists and resources in preparing for emergencies.