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The 11th Annual Strengthening Families Summit:
Building Resilient Communities

September 13, 2022
Grappone Conference Center, Concord

This year’s Summit will be a lively and engaging experience that will explore all facets of “community” invested in family strengthening and community-building throughout New Hampshire. Our day will begin with a presentation from Dr. Wendy Ellis, assistant professor, and director of the Center for Community Resilience at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, at George Washington University. It will be followed by a plenary discussion led by Dr. Ellis, and a series of interactive discussions, activities, and workshops that will show attendees how they can improve the health of their communities.


Summit Objectives


Explore the elements of a resilient community that support the development of strong families and safe, thriving children.


Identify key community and cross-sector partners to develop strategies and tactics to foster supportive environments for children and families.


Highlight the examples happening in New Hampshire.


Understand the “upstream” role of encouraging positive social norms in creating communities where all children have an equal opportunity to thrive.


Consider effective civic and business policies that contribute to community resilience.


Provide an opportunity for parent leaders and practitioners to recharge and recommit to this important work.

Meet our Keynote Speaker


Wendy Ellis, Dr. P.H.  Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. The Center for Community Resilience seeks to improve the health of communities by enabling cross-sectoral partners to align policy, program and practice to address adverse childhood experiences in the context of adverse community environments--or as Ellis has coined it "The Pair of ACEs". This innovative framing of ACEs, with an explicit focus on equity and prevention, has had a substantial influence on local initiatives, programs, public health initiatives and local, state, and federal policy. Using the Pair of ACEs framing, Building Community Resilience networks have successfully led systems and policy change focused on addressing long-standing economic, social and health disparities by partnering with community, integrating service delivery and building political will for change.


Thank you to our Sponsors!

Family Sponsors

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Friend Sponsors

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Neighbor Sponsors
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