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A Nurse-Led, Well-Being Promotion Using the Community Resiliency Model, Atlanta, 2020–2021 []


By Ingrid M. Duva, Jordan R. Murphy, and Linda Grabbe, Photo: Unsplash, American Journal of Public Health, June 9, 2022


The wrath of COVID-19 includes a co-occurring global mental health pandemic, raising the urgency for our health care sector to implement strategies supporting public mental health. In Georgia, a successful nurse-led response to this crisis capitalized on statewide organizations’ existing efforts to bolster well-being and reduce trauma. Partnerships were formed and joint aims identified to disseminate a self-care modality, the Community Resiliency Model, to organizations and communities throughout the state. (Am J Public Health. 2022;112(S3):S271–S274.

COVID-19 exacerbated stress and trauma universally, creating a secondary pandemic that increased demand for mental health care in a system on the verge of crisis. An intense and immediate need for population well-being support resulted, and subsequent requests for resiliency training quickly followed. In response, three nurses in Georgia certified to teach the Community Resiliency Model (CRM) fast-tracked existing efforts to share this mental wellness training program across their state.

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