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Journal of Public Health Management & Practice:
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e318268aed8
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The Communities Advancing Resilience Toolkit (CART): An Intervention to Build Community Resilience to Disasters

Pfefferbaum, Rose L. PhD, MPH; Pfefferbaum, Betty MD, JD; Van Horn, Richard L. PhD; Klomp, Richard W. MOB, MS, LPC; Norris, Fran H. PhD; Reissman, Dori B. MD

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Abstract

Community resilience has emerged as a construct to support and foster healthy individual, family, and community adaptation to mass casualty incidents. The Communities Advancing Resilience Toolkit (CART) is a publicly available theory-based and evidence-informed community intervention designed to enhance community resilience by bringing stakeholders together to address community issues in a process that includes assessment, feedback, planning, and action. Tools include a field-tested community resilience survey and other assessment and analytical instruments. The CART process encourages public engagement in problem solving and the development and use of local assets to address community needs. CART recognizes 4 interrelated domains that contribute to community resilience: connection and caring, resources, transformative potential, and disaster management. The primary value of CART is its contribution to community participation, communication, self-awareness, cooperation, and critical reflection and its ability to stimulate analysis, collaboration, skill building, resource sharing, and purposeful action.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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