Resilience and 21st century public health

The European Journal of Public Health
Volume 27, Issue 5, October 2017

Resilience and 21st century public health
Erio Ziglio; Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat; Lino Briguglio
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 27, Issue 5, 1 October 2017, Pages 789–790,
The concept of ‘resilience’ is recently being increasingly used in academia, professional bodies, business, human rights and civil society organizations and in a wide-range of policy sectors. Its use in the field of public health has long been part and parcel of preventive policies designed to promote a long-term, holistic and socio-economic developmental approach to individual, community health and wellbeing. With today’s protracted economic crisis, it is more vital than ever to be clear about its particular significance if we are to foster lasting and meaningful action to strengthen resilience to improve health and well-being.
Resilience can be strengthened at individual, community and system levels. There are at least four types of resilience capacity that can be applied to these levels, usually referred to as absorptive, adaptive, anticipatory and transformative…