Community Capitals Framework Institute 2014

November 5 to November 7, 2014
Lincoln, NE

Public Health and Hazard Resiliency were featured at the 2014 Community Capitals Framework Institute, Nov. 7-9, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).  A session on drought and water management planning was also  featured and presenters from UNL, the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC), and the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)  showcased research related to recent and extreme droughts in rural and urban areas and how some local hazard plans may or may not include drought. International case studies related to drought and food security was also presented, with Dr. A.J. Jordann present from the University of the Free State, South Africa, discussing the appropriate triggers for their national drought declarations and how investments in political capital are crucial. Other presentations were from Extension specialists and sociologists from land-grant universities such as Kansas State University, Michigan State University, and North Dakota State University. They discussed the applications of the CCF model to community vitality and youth engagement in programs such as 4-H.

The institute was sponsored by the NDMC, The Heartland Center for Leadership Development, South Dakota State University, NIDIS, and the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska. The workshop was kicked off with presentations by Cornelia and Jan Flora, originators of the CCF model. They gave insight on how the Community Capitals Framework came together, how it is applied, and how it might be used in the future, including towards global climate change adaptation.


  • Disaster Risk Reduction and The Medical Reserve Corps
    Sonia Jordan
  • Tracing Disaster Response:A Community Capitals Framework Approach
    Ryan Lowry
  • A Tale of Two Rural Cities: Spiraling up During a North Dakota Oil Boom
    Felix Fernando and Gary Goreham
  • Sharing an international experience in understanding the role and influence of users and stakeholders in establishing local drought monitoring and early warning system
    Tsegaye Tadesse
  • Changing Contexts, Adapting Networks, and Adapting Practice: CCF and Drought Resilience in the High Plains of Nebraska and Kansas
    Stephen Gasteyer
  • Using Ripple Effects Mapping to Determine Community Capitals Outcomes
    Lorie Higgins
  • The Venn (and Zen?) of Sustainable Communities: A Capital Approach
    Jerry Hembd
  • Get It –Do It!
    Elaine Johannes
  • Using theCommunity Capitals Frameworkto Enhance Disaster Resilience
    Duane Gill and Liesel Ritchie
  • Measuring the Impacts of 4-H Youth Engagement on Rural Food Security
    Steven Henness
  • An Integrated Framework for Drought Impact Assessment and Resilience Planning
    Deb Bathke, Kurt Mantonya, Nicole Wall, Tonya Haigh and Kelly Smith
  • Drought Risk/Drought Disaster Declaration and Drought Indicators
    AJ Jordaan
  • Perspectives on Tornado Recovery in a Small Town: The Wadena Experience
    Gary Goreham
  • History and Future of the Community Capitals Framework
    Cornelia Flora and Jan Flora
  • Assessing Climate Change Impacts in the Greater Horn of Africa Using the Community Capitals Framework
    Jake Petr
  • Food insecurity in Karamoja: Is drought to blame?
    AJ Jordaan
  • Local Planning for Public Health Disasters
    Steve Frederick
  • The Quandary of Quantifying Changes in Capital: What’s the Value of Strengthened Networks?
    Tony Haigh
  • Integrating Drought Risk Management into Local Planning Framework
    Zhenghong Tang
  • The role of education in rural communities
    Miriam Tyson
  • Using Community Capitals in Planning and Evaluation: A Comprehensive Design
    Marylin McKeown