More Resilient Minnesota

Collaboratively Honoring & Healing Communities



More Resilient Minnesota seeks to improve the health and resilience of current and future generations. Resilience includes individuals’ inherent strengths and nurtured capacities as well as the resources and supports of their families, communities, and cultures.

As part of this initiative, Children’s Mental Health and Family Services Collaboratives educate their communities about neurobiology, epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and resilience research (NEAR Science) and train local presenters to share this information widely throughout their communities. Collaboratives then move from awareness of ACEs to action. They host community conversations that engage diverse community members to develop resilience plans, guided by community wisdom and local data. FamilyWise Services, with funding from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, supports this initiative to grow resilient communities across Minnesota.

Self-Healing Communities Model

More Resilient Minnesota is grounded in the Self-Healing Communities Model developed by Dr. Robert Anda, Dr. Kimberly Martin, and Laura Porter. The model builds the capacity of communities to define and solve problems that impact the intergenerational health and wellbeing of community members.

Learn more about the Self-Healing Communities Model

Get Involved with More Resilient Minnesota

Learn more about More Resilient Minnesota, including currently participating Collaboratives’ counties and how to apply.


Learn about each phase of More Resilient Minnesota in greater depth.

Learning Resources

Additional resources coming soon.

A partnership between the Minnesota Department of Human Services and FamilyWise.