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Wendy R. Ellis, DrPH, MPH

Assistant Professor in Global Health & Director of the Center for Community Resilience at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University

Wendy Ellis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health and Founding Director of the Center for Community Resilience at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. The Building Community Resilience (BCR) collaborative and networks are implementing the BCR process -- a strategic approach for cross-sector partners to align resources, programs and initiatives with community based efforts to address adverse childhood experiences and adverse community environments-- or as Ellis has coined it ""The Pair of ACEs"". The strengths based approach designed by Dr. Ellis is aimed at building the infrastructure to promote resilience in vulnerable communities by working across sectors with community partners to improve access to supports and buffers that help children and families 'bounce back' and communities thrive. BCR National Networks are in nine states and the District of Columbia made up of cross-sector partners including health care, social services, housing, public education, law enforcement and criminal justice and business development partners. In 2019, Dr. Ellis launched the Resilience Catalysts in Public Health using a novel framework that leverages local health departments in the role of Chief Health Strategists to achieve equity over time by addressing long-standing inequity in health, wealth and wellbeing. 


Dr. Ellis has spent the last decade developing strategic public health frameworks and working to grow a 'resilience movement'. This body of work aims to address systemic inequities that contribute to social and health disparities that are often transmitted in families and communities from generation to generation. In 2018 Dr. Ellis was selected as an Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow. She has consulted on the Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities in Dallas, TX and Washington, DC, organized and moderated Congressional briefings, and is widely quoted on topics related to childhood trauma, community resilience and equity in national media outlets.