A Seventh-day Adventist Organization

Center for Community Resilience

Sam Soret, PhD, MPH
Executive Director of the
Center for Community Resilience

Center contact: Mirna Gonzalez, Administrative Assistant
Tel: (909) 558-4590 ext 44590
Email: mirnagonzalez@llu.edu

Evidence increasingly shows that cultivating a community’s resilience is critical to its ability to bounce back from the adverse effects of disasters. Research also shows minority and vulnerable communities often utilize faith-based community resources to deal with health and economic challenges. In recent years, faith-based organizations have emerged as important settings for disaster preparedness, mitigation, and response.

The Academic Center for Community Resilience will provide leadership with emphasis on collaboration, capacity building, information sharing and community based stewardship. This leadership will increase and strenghten the capacity of neighborhood organizations, especially faith-based ones, to work together in solving problems while generating essential social, economic and spiritual capital that can be invaluable during times of stress.

As we look at social determinants of health, the built environment, and role of communities in individual health conditions, we are purposefully engaging in research and practice opportunities that explore how we can strenghten a community’s ability to successfully face natural or man-made disasters, be resilient and provide whole, healthy communities for healthy individuals.


We strive to create resilient communities by empowering individuals to achieve wholistic transformations of their neighborhoods into therapeutic spaces that reduce vulnerabilities and ensure opportunities for residents to make healthy choices.


We envision a future where all communities thrive, where all have equal opportunities to pursue better health and wellbeing


Transforming one community at a time, one vulnerability at a time


Whole Persons in Whole Communities

Center for Community Resilience Faculty

Emerging Initiatives

Physical Genesis

CCR researchers, collaboration with La Sierra University, are leading a study investigating the association between physical activity and scholastic performance among Students in grades 5 through 11 in NAD Adventist schools.  CCR researchers have added a health survey to investigate health behaviors of children and adolescents and their relationship to health in the context of their school and home environment.

The e3p3 Initiative

CCR is currently establishing a partnership with an emerging regional initiative known as e3p3, which is way for Cities to collaborate with schools, businesses, and community based organizations in Public Private Partnerships (p3).  Environmental Sustainability and Resilience (e1), economic prosperity (e2), and equity (e3) are the three strategic axes of action.  A southern California organization, M.H.M. & Associates, is partnering with USC’s Center for Economic Development, LLUSPH’s CCR, TCU Community Partnership, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), and several non-profit foundations that support this effort.

GeoCOMPASS Initiative

Collaborative with researchers from the Loma Linda VA Hospital aimed at developing a new analytical strategy called GEOspatial COMmunity and Patient ASsessment Strategy (GeoCOMPASS) to predict adherence to cancer screening and other medical tests.  A joint grant proposal has been recently submitted to the DoD.

Public Health-Primary Care Integration

CCR in collaboration with the LLUH’s Chief Integration Officer is developing an initiative to achieve a closer integration between public health and primary health care enterprise-wide. The initiative includes both educational and clinical components.

LLU Wholeness Institute Collaboration

CCR is developing several research-support and practice collaborations with the newly established Wholeness Institute.

Project 21

This is an LLU-sponsored project anchored at the AHI hospital in Chad. GHI-sponsored interns are collecting data on community conditions and needs. CCR has adopted Project 21 as its first international community-oriented project with the goal of providing the scholarly underpinning that can lead to publications and external funding.