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Connecting with Communities in Asset-based Disaster Recovery

Connecting with Communities in Asset-based Disaster Recovery

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Resilience and recovery for military families depends on the social connection and level of collaboration that exists within the communities they are a part of. Service providers and Extension educators can be critical actors in making connections and forging collaborations to address family and community needs.

In a series of workshops leading up to this event, service providers and Extension educators used an asset-based recovery approach to reveal their practices and the different ways in which they connected with communities to serve military families in the COVID-19 pandemic response.

In this session, we share the community interconnections and assets that have emerged from the workshops and provide resources for forging the community connections that will help us aid in disaster response and recovery for military families in the future.

Learning Objectives

In this session, you’ll learn to:

  • Recognize the interdependencies and assets that can contribute to Asset-based Community Recovery.
  • Determine which elements of Asset-based Community Recovery could be applied in your work and/or community.
  • Plan the next steps you can take to forge connections and collaborations that build your community’s capacity to meet the needs of military families when faced with a disaster.

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Jessica Beckendorf became passionate about communities while growing up as a military kid, moving frequently and living in communities of various sizes. After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, she proceeded to work in just about every sector of community development – Geographic Information Systems, urban planning and zoning, and economic development. In 2014, Jessica finished her Master of Arts degree in Communications & Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University, and began her journey as an educator with the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension where she seeks to bridge her community systems experience with communications and relationship development to build social capital and local leadership for more resilient communities.

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Bob Bertsch has a passion for building human networks, especially those focused on collective action. He has spent more than 20 years working in communications, education and web technology.  He is currently focused on  weaving collaborative networks to build individual, family, and community resilience. Bob has a Masters of Science degree in Extension Education from North Dakota State University Extension Service, where he also works. He is part of the Military Families Learning Network and co-hosts the “Practicing Connections in a Complex World” podcast.


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