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Two Years of Impact 2020-2021

Updated: Feb 23



Dear Resilient Georgia Partners and Stakeholders,


We are pleased to share our 2021 impact report demonstrating our work to build resiliency and work towards the unified vision of a truly integrated behavioral healthcare system for Georgia.


Over the last year we have continued to build and strengthen innovative private/public partnerships thereby improving behavioral health in Georgia and making Georgia a trauma-informed state for the sake of our children and families. Over the last year, Resilient Georgia has worked with organizations, providers and stakeholders to open lines of communication, create alignment, and bolster mental and behavioral health support and resources for Georgia’s families. We are focused on decreasing childhood adversity, building resilience and breaking down behavioral health access barriers. We do this through our statewide regional coalitions, convening diverse stakeholders regularly, and working to continually share innovation and celebrate the work that subject matter experts across the state are doing every day.


Together, with over 700 stakeholders, we are creating stronger, more resilient Georgia by preventing childhood trauma and supporting children and families who have experienced adversity. Resilience is the ability to overcome adversity. We accomplish this through awareness building, education, promotion of best practices, workforce development and advocacy.


COVID-19 has created a magnifying glass on our state. Long-standing health inequities have put many communities at increased risk of getting sick in multiple ways. Access to behavioral health and prevention resources for many of these communities is more needed and more difficult than ever. Our efforts have intensified to address statewide needs in mental health, wellness, and resilience during the COVID-19 crisis and the country's racial reckoning. Resilient Georgia has been hard at work responding to these distressing events and now provides ACEs prevention education in 12 regions of Georgia (spanning 97 counties) and ensures urban and rural communities statewide have more access than ever before to trauma-informed resources.


None of this would be possible without the generous support of our funders and the collaboration of our partners and stakeholders. Together, we will continue to strive for a future where every child in Georgia grows up to become a resilient adult thanks to a culture of prevention and widespread knowledge of trauma-informed care.


Read the full report to see our progress and how we are making an impact.


Thank you for your support.


Sincerely,

Dr. Emily Anne Vall, Executive Director and Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Executive Board Chair

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