BOX 8-1

Themes from Individual Speakers from the Panel Discussions

  • Role of chronic fatigue and poor physical health on resilience
  • Consequences of frequent deployment and relocation on stress and resilience
  • Challenge of DHS workforce diversity for creating department-wide resilience programs
  • Role of leadership in resilience interventions
  • Role of evidence and performance measurement in developing and improving interventions
  • Relationships among individual, family, organizational, and community resilience
  • Effects of preventing occupational stressors on resilience efforts


Each panelist was asked to distill the key messages from the workshop proceeding from their perspective. The panel was designed to draw upon the experiences and expertise from different fields related to resilience as well as the target populations—operational and law enforcement personnel. The individual presentations by Flynn, Hurrell, and Livingston’s are summarized below. Vila’s presentation concentrated on the role of sleep and fatigue on resilience, which he felt was missing from the workshop discussions, and has been moved to Chapter 4, which focused on factors that influence resilience. All four of the summary panelists participated in a panelist discussion and addressed questions and comments from workshop participants.

The Community Health and Resilience Perspective

Brian Flynn focused his comments on those issues he considered key based upon the presentations and discussions. He suggested there were several keys points that arose from the workshop presentations and discussions:

  • Resilience is a process.
  • Resilience has been considered for a long time using different terminology.
  • There is a need to focus on function.

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