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Wendy Renee Ellis Faculty Member

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Wendy Ellis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health and Founding Director of the Center for Community Resilience at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. The Building Community Resilience (BCR) collaborative and Resilience Catalysts networks are implementing the BCR process and Dr. Ellis' innovative Community Resilience framework as a Public Health 3.0 approach to align resources, programs and initiatives with community based efforts to address adverse childhood experiences and adverse community environments-- or as Ellis has coined it "The Pair of ACEs". The strengths based approach is aimed at building the infrastructure to promote resilience in vulnerable communities by creating equitable access to supports and buffers that help individuals 'bounce back' and communities thrive. BCR National Networks are in nine states and the District of Columbia made up of cross- sector partners including health care, social services, housing, public education, law enforcement and criminal justice and business development partners. In 2019, Dr. Ellis launched the Resilience Catalysts in Public Health using a novel framework that leverages local health departments. The Resilience Catalysts network now includes twelve local health departments across the nation. Dr. Ellis' Community Resilience framework and approach are detailed in a 2022 article titled, "Community Resilience: A Dynamic Model for Public Health 3.0". Dr. Ellis has spent the last decade developing and working to grow a 'resilience movement' to address systemic inequities that contribute to social and health disparities that are often transmitted in families and communities from generation to generation. In 2022 she was named a Non-Resident Fellow at the Urban Institute and in 2018 Dr. Ellis was selected as an Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow.

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