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Building community resilience to disasters through a community-based intervention: CART© applications

Rose L. Pfefferbaum, PhD, MPH, Betty Pfefferbaum, MD, JD, Richard L. Van Horn, PhD, Barbara R. Neas, PhD, J. Brian Houston, PhD

Abstract


The Communities Advancing Resilience Toolkit (CART)©* is a community-driven, publicly available, theory-based, and evidence-informed community intervention designed to build community resilience to disasters and other adversities. Based on principles of participatory action research, CART applications contribute to community resilience by encouraging and supporting community participation and cooperation, communication, self-awareness, and critical reflection. The primary value of CART lies in its ability to stimulate analysis, collaboration, skill building, resource sharing, and purposeful action. In addition to generating community assessment data, CART can be used as a vehicle for delivering other interventions and creating sustainable capacity within communities. Two models for CART implementation are described.


Keywords


CART, community, community assessment, community resilience, disaster management, disaster preparedness, participatory action research, terrorism

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5055/jem.2013.0134

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