What if Texans could develop more resilience to disasters?

The COPEWELL framework aims to do just that.


Texans experience hazards every year: tropical storms, wildfires, disease outbreaks, winter weather, and more.

What if we could improve resilience before these hazards strike, instead of picking up the pieces afterward?

Developed by a team from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Delaware, COPEWELL is comprised of a suite of evidence-based tools that leverage county-level data to help communities identify gaps and improve community functioning before, during, and after disasters. COPEWELL aims to bring together community, county, state, and federal level partners to improve community resilience. 

CHERR is partnering with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security to expand awareness and implementation of COPEWELL in Texas.

A flooded road after Hurricane Harvey in Houston

COPEWELL Town Hall Day 1

Time stamps:

00:00 Introduction by Dr. Melinda Villagran - Executive Director of the Translational Health Research Center, TXST

04:44 Agenda walkthrough - Jessica Schneider, Director, Resilience Research Programs, TXST

07:28 Background on COPEWELL - Dr. Jonathan Links, Professor and Chief Risk Officer at Johns Hopkins University

21:54 Walkthrough of COPEWELL's website - Dr. Tara Kirk Sell, Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and Associate Professor

28:20 COPEWELL Rubrics - Dr. Monica Schoch-Spana, Senior Scholar with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and Senior Scientist with the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering

46:52 Q&A moderated by Emily Repasky, Research Associate, TXST

1:23:33 Closing & Reminders for Day 2 - Jessica Schneider

1:25:07 Final Remarks - Melinda Villagran

COPEWELL Town Hall Day 2

Time stamps:

00:00 Introduction: Jessica Schneider, MA, Director of Resilience Research, TXST

03:43 Use Case Presentation 1: Jennifer Johnson, MPA, CDC and Tennessee Department of Health, Emergency Preparedness & Sydney Clark, MPH, Tennessee Department of Health, Disability and Preparedness

15:19 Use Case Presentation 2: Michelle Morris, MPH, Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation

30:59 Use Case Presentation 3: Rex Long, MA, Doctoral Research Assistant, TXST

42:59 Q&A moderated by Emily Repasky, Research Associate, TXST

1:08:02 Final Remarks: Jessica Schneider

Past Events: Virtual Town halls | October 11 & 13, 2022

The Texas State University Center of Excellence for Community Health and Economic Resilience Research (CHERR) is partnering with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security to host a two-day virtual town hall about COPEWELL. The Texas Rural Health Association is also co-sponsoring this event. 

Event Details

COPEWELL: Improving Community Resilience in the Face of Disaster

Who: Community groups, local governments, non-profits, businesses, and other community leaders who want to learn more about strengthening their own community's resilience to disasters.


  • Day 1 - October 11, 2022 | 10:00-11:30am CST
  • Day 2 - October 13, 2022 | 10:00-11:30am CST


Day 1 of the town hall will introduce attendees to the COPEWELL framework. On Day 2 prior COPEWELL users will present their experiences using the framework. There will be a Q&A session each day.


Both days of the town hall will take place on Zoom. Registration is required.


COPEWELL research is supported by CDC contract 75D30120C09492

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