The Sonoma Community Resilience Collaborative
The Sonoma Community Resilience Collaborative has trained 300 community members in CMBM’s comprehensive model of self-care and group support, enabling them to serve tens of thousands of children and adults across the county through Mind-Body Skills Groups, workshops and individual or classroom work. Trainees include a diverse group of community leaders, clinicians, non-profit workers, firefighters and first responders, educators, and faith leaders.
Our trainees are already working with thousands of people in Sonoma County, many of whom lost their homes or businesses in the 2017 wildfires. Building on the values of equity and inclusion, the program consults with and considers the perspectives and experiences of community members historically excluded from recovery efforts. Half of the participants from the second cohort serve Sonoma’s Latinx community, many of whom are running Mind-Body Skills Groups in Spanish.
From county jails, to schools, to health centers, CMBM’s model is being implemented widely across Sonoma County. Mind-Body Skills Groups are being conducted at California HOPE; Child Parent Institute; Catholic Charities; Boys & Girls Club; Community Action Partnership; Council on Aging; Daily Acts; Hanna Institute; Positive Images; Santa Rosa Community Health; Sonoma State University; Valley of the Moon Children’s Center; Windsor High School; and more.
The Sonoma County service providers who participated in CMBM’s training have, according to standardized scientific scales, experienced decreased stress, anxiety and depression. They are showing more hope for their futures, and feel more self-assurance, happiness, and serenity, with less fear and sadness. Standardized measures are now also being used to evaluate the impact on the community members who participate in Mind-Body Skills Groups led by our trainees.
The success of the Sonoma Community Resilience Collaborative has been recognized in several local publications. The Center for Wellbeing gave an award to the collaborative to honor their work with the Latinx community.
The Sonoma County program helped to lay the foundation for long-term healing and resiliency building work across California. Three individuals from Shasta County, CA which was devastated by the Carr Fire in 2018, participated in the Sonoma training and were motivated to bring a similar program to their own community. They organized and secure funds for the Northern California Resilience Training, which began in October 2019, which includes participants from Shasta, Butte, Siskiyou, Trinity and Tehama Counties. Several guests from Napa County, CA attended the second cohort in Sonoma and are also making steps towards bringing CMBM’s program to their county.
The Sonoma Community Resilience Collaborative is led by a steering group that continues to expand its membership to ensure engagement with all communities in need. Santa Rosa Community Health is providing leadership and administrative backbone for the Collaborative. Current members include:
- The Council on Aging
- Daily Acts
- The Hanna Institute
- Medtronic Foundation
- Northern California Public Media
- Petaluma Health Care District
- Redwood Community Health Coalition
- Restorative Resources
- Santa Rosa Community Health
- Sonoma County Department of Health Services
Mind-Body Medicine for Post-Wildfire Resilience
Video by John Phaneuf