Our Mission

CHERR will identify and share evidence-based practices in order to make Texans more resilient.

Our Vision

CHERR hopes to help maintain the economic vitality of Texas when emergencies occur.


  • Identify evidence-based practices that contribute to resiliency
  • Share evidence-based findings with relevant stakeholders
  • Facilitate conversations among researchers, business and community leaders, and other stakeholders about how to best prepare our communities for public health emergencies
  • Equip communities with required skills to prepare for, adapt to, and recover from public health emergencies.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Resiliency is the ability to adapt in the face of adversity.

  • In recent years, Texans faced many public health emergencies like Hurricane Harvey, the 2021 winter storm and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, among others. Texans had to quickly respond and adapt, and some communities demonstrated more resiliency than others. By studying the factors that make some communities more successful than others, we hope to better understand how to prepare for, adapt to, and recover from future challenges – making Texans everywhere safer, stronger and more resilient.

  • CHERR is a newly founded Center of Excellence focused on Community Health and Economic Resiliency Research designed to help communities prepare for, adapt to, and recover from public health emergencies and natural disasters.

  • CHERR is a strategic initiative of Texas State’s Translational Health Research Center, otherwise known as THRC.

  • CHERR’s research and resources provide essential new knowledge to address key social, economic, and environmental issues related to resiliency among individuals and communities in Texas.

  • Work produced by CHERR is for Texans everywhere. Primary stakeholders include business and community leaders, health professionals and academic/researchers looking to learn more about developing resiliency in their communities.