Resilience Resources

Ways West Central Initiative can help you with your innovative ideas or plans in west central Minnesota.

Links to helpful information on resilience

What our counties are doing

Becker County

Becker County Energize offers information, videos and resources on mental illness

Clay County

Clay County Aaron Wulf, a high school student from Walla Walla, Washington who was featured in the movie Paper Tigers (a movie about ACEs – it came out prior to Resilience) visited the Moorhead Public Schools Alternative Learning Center (I have a picture)

2 booth activities at the annual Kidsfest event for Week of the Young Child.  One booth was a thank you wall (I have a picture) where individuals could post what they were thankful for.  One booth was on helping kids identify feelings. Information on resilience was available at the booth. Sanford Health donated the printing of conversation starter books that provided information on building resiliency in our kids and conversation starters for mealtime and/or travel time.

Moorhead Public Schools is in the process of training all its staff on trauma/resiliency

Hawley Public School staff have received training on trauma.

Douglas County 

Amy Reineke is the coordinator for the Horizon Public Health ACES/Resiliency Movement.  People can contact her to find out where the Resiliency movie or ACE trainings are being held in the 5 Counties of HPH>Grant, Douglas, Pope, Stevens and Traverse in 2019.

Douglas County ECI has hosted the documentary "Resilience: the Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope" 24 times to Community members, Social Workers, Child Care Providers, Mental Health providers, District 206 Administration, Dragonfly group and the Douglas County Jail Staff.  There has been one ‘Healing Communities’ ACE training for Community Members.  District 206 trained their Elementary Staff on Trauma Informed Care for students.  There are more trainings in the works.

Grant County

Learn about Grant County's resilient communities conversations in our Focus article, and volunteer to be a part of the conversation happening in all of the communities. To be a part of these conversations, contact Deb Hengel at

Otter Tail County

A Thrive Community Initiative is being hosted by Lake Region Healthcare, Public Health and M-State, based on the Bounce Back project out of Buffalo, MN.

Stevens County

Community Resilience Conversations are also happening in Stevens County.


The Counties We Serve

  • Becker
  • Clay
  • Douglas
  • Grant
  • Otter Tail
  • Pope
  • Stevens
  • Traverse
  • Wilkin

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