Strengthening Community Resilience to Severe Weather Events in the Monadnock Region

We invite you to participate in two discussions on community resilience to help older adults and related agencies prepare for severe weather events—March 22 and April 12, 2022. As part of a pilot research project, the Climate and Health Resilience Initiative (CHRI) is designed to measure and strengthen the resilience of our region and its capacity to pull together before, during, and after a severe weather event.

The goal of this project is to reduce the health impacts of severe weather events caused by flooding, ice storms, and extreme precipitation. The Monadnock Region has experienced a variety of severe weather events in the past two decades, and climate models suggest that our region will experience more events in the future. The pilot project is particularly focused on understanding how to better meet the health, safety, and emergency needs of the region’s over-65 community, which is the region’s largest age group, and one that is disproportionately-impacted by extreme weather. A group of key community partners organized this event, including the Greater Monadnock Public Health Network (GMPHN), in partnership with NH Department of Health and Human Services, (NHDHHS) and Antioch University’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience (CCPCR),

Join us for two free, online workshops on March 22, and April 12, 2022, from 1-3PM. The March workshop will provide participants with an understanding of what community resilience is, why it is important, and how to achieve it for our region. The April workshop will help our participants understand the relationship between climate and human health. Each workshop will also give participants an opportunity to use a community resilience tool to identify barriers to resilience; to strengthen community partnerships; and to increase a community’s capacity to work together during and after a severe weather event.

These workshops are designed for community and faith-based organizations, local businesses and government, public health and health care providers, social service organizations, and other agencies serving the over-65 community. The workshops will consist of educational components and interactive sessions. Through these workshops participants will:

1) Network with other organizations engaged in emergency preparedness and public health planning;
2) Learn about and practice using assessment tools for community resilience and;
3) Contribute to strengthening the region’s capacity to meet the needs of our residents–before a disaster occurs—to ensure we are better able to resist and recover from major storms, floods, and other severe weather events.

These workshops are free and open to both the private and public sectors serving the over-65 community. Pre-registration is required. Participation is voluntary. The knowledge shared during these workshops will be used to improve the region’s ability to meet the health and emergency needs of our older adults.

For more information and to register, visit here. or contact:

Dr. Janine Marr, Lead Researcher CHRI
Antioch University Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience
[email protected]

Tricia Zahn, MPH
Director, Greater Monadnock Region Public Health Network
[email protected]

The Climate and Health Resilience Initiative (CHRI) is a Collaborative Partnership with the Greater Monadnock Region Public Health Network, Antioch University Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience, and the NH Division of Public Health Services.