The Resilient Kern coalition is working hard to bring all of our diverse communities together from around Kern in a county-wide effort through training, education and action that can make a greater, long-term impact on the lives of individuals, families and our many communities.
Over time, becoming a Trauma-Informed Kern County will lead to even more innovations and improvements in our approaches to people, leading to changes in policies, procedures and even physical structures that will be more welcoming and effective as we collaborate to improve health, education, employment opportunities and community well-being in Kern County.
Established by First 5 Kern with a grant from Kaiser Permanente, Resilient Kern began in 2018 and has held numerous cohorts and trainings, working with hundreds of county parents, providers and advocates across dozens of agencies, non-profits and businesses.
In 2021, First 5 Kern received a planning grant through ACEs Aware to strengthen the work Resilient Kern has embarked on to support local Medi-Cal providers screen for ACEs and, where needed, connect with local community partners to meet the non-medical needs of families. This work included a pilot project with Omni Family Health, several training sessions, and culminated in the inaugural ACEs Conference, held in Spring, 2022 and attended by over 300 people.
This work has continued, and we are currently planning for the 2nd Annual ACEs Conference, in May of 2023.
Resilient Kern Leadership Team
The original Resilient Kern Leadership Team was composed of leaders from across the county, including representatives from human services, medical, insurance, non-profit and legal industries. Please reach out to us to stay apprised of new developments and be a part of the Resilient Kern team moving forward.