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Public Health Matters Blog

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This blog covers topics ranging from helping children cope with a disaster, to preparing for natural disasters and general crisis prepardness. 

Understanding and Promoting Resilienecy in Military Families

Military Family Research Institute

This document focuses on difficult circumstances that might apply particulary to military children and families. It describes what resilience is and considerations given to different age groups (children, youth, adults) in the fostering of resilience. Research about resilience in military families is discussed in the final section.

Building Resilience in Young Children

Best Start

Designed for parents, this booklet discusses how to foster resilience in children from brith to six years of age. It includes tips, parents stories, and links to additional resources.  

View the booklet here

Resilience & Stress Management

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

This webpage by SAMHSA provides a collection of materials that address stress management and resilience. The resources can be applied to any type of stressful situation such as natural disaster, economic hardships, or coping with the loss of a loved one.

Vist the site here

Schoolwide Methods for Fostering Resiliency

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

This document discusses how parents and school staff can build resiliency in children and youth to help them succeed in school. It describes characteristics of resiliency, characteristics that contribute to resiliency, and the role schools can play in fostering resiliency in students.  

The 12 Core Concepts: Concepts for Understanding Traumatic Stress Responses in Children and Families

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

This site defines the 12 Core Concepts for Understanding Traumatic Stress Responses in Children and Families. The Concepts serve as the conceptual foundation of the Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma and provide a rationale for trauma-informed assessment and intervention.

Resources to Help Parents, Children and Others Cope in the Aftermath of School Shootings

American Academy of Pediatrics

A collection of resources to help cope with the aftermath of school shootings. Additional resources are provided to promote mental health, school safety and violence prevention.

Keeping Children Safe in Sandy


After superstorm Sandy, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council, Sarita Chung, M.D., FAAP, wrote this post for FEMA's Blog. The article offers advice on how to keep children safe from environmental hazards, how to address their mental health needs as well as links to many helpful resources.

The Dialogue- A Quarterly Technical Assistance Journal on Disaster Behavioral Health

SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center
Through the pages of The Dialogue, disaster behavioral health professionals share information and resources while examining the disaster behavioral health preparedness and response issues that are important to the field.

SAMHSA Disaster Training and Technical Assistance Supplemental Research Bulletin

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
This is the first part of a bi-annual report that informs on new and salient research in the field of disaster response and its effects on behavioral health. The purpose of the Research Bulletin is to provide practitioners, planners and other responders a summary of the most recently published research and literature reviews.