Resilient KC: Thriving through adversity in Kansas City

Resilient KC event

Mark Holland shaking hands with KCMO Police Office Darren Ivy at Resilient KC event

KCK Mayor/CEO Mark Holland shares what makes him resilient at Resilient KC event

TMC President/CEO Charlie Shields at Resilient KC event

Chamber CEO Joe Reardon at Resilient KC event

Trauma Matters KC and The Chamber of Commerce Foundation of Greater Kansas City are excited to partner on a new initiative geared towards creating a resilient Kansas City community.

On April 12th, both parties publicly announced this new partnership and the goals they wish to accomplish with a two year start in funding from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The California Endowment through The Health Federation of Philadelphia. Kansas City was one of 14 communities selected to receive national funding and join a national learning collaborative called MARC: Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities.

Resilient KC hopes to

  1. raise awareness of the impacts of trauma on the community,
  2. create a resilient community, and
  3. collect the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and resiliency baseline data from the nine-county regional area.

The ACEs study is one of the largest public health studies ever performed and shows a direct correlation between the number of adversities that one experiences during childhood and the increased likelihood of health disparities later on in life. Collecting this data will provide Kansas City with a better understanding of how its citizens are impacted by ACEs. It is with great thanks to our friends at The Health Forward Foundation that we are able to work with UMKC’s Institute for Human Development to survey and collect this important data.

Throughout the funding period, Resilient KC has identified six target communities to funnel its focus and resources on:

  1. armed services
  2. business
  3. health
  4. education
  5. justice
  6. general community

Dozens of representatives in the community formed workgroups and are planning community events, resiliency toolkits, and means to educate Kansas City on the importance of resiliency.

Great work is being done in Kansas City to foster and build a community of trauma-sensitive, understanding, and resilient citizens but we’d love to have more people get involved! If you are interested in becoming a Resilient KC Ambassador, you can sign up here.

To learn more about the ACEs study, Resilient KC, upcoming events, or to get involved, visit our website at

If you have any questions, please contact project coordinator Jasmin Williams at

Health Forward Foundation
2300 Main Street, Suite 304
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 241-7006