The San Augustine County Strong Coalition is a partnership created to build a more resilient and inclusive community.
“Resilience or hardiness is the ability to adapt to new circumstances when life presents the unpredictable.”
Salvatore R. Maddi, Psychologist and author of Resilience at Work: How to Succeed No Matter What Life Throws at You.
San Augustine County was selected as a community that has the potential to embrace the nationwide Building Resilient and Inclusive Communities (BRIC) initiative. Supported by grant support, strategic policy, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, BRIC will make SA Strong with the singular purpose of “measuring the ability of people, businesses, governments, nonprofit groups, and faith-based organizations to work together” to create systems that can withstand, adapt to, and recover from a public health emergency (source), such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to review the approved BRIC Action Plan.
A partnership between Feeding Texas, the Texas Department of State Health Services, San Augustine County, and Angelina County & Cities Health District is actively implementing BRIC efforts in San Augustine.
Look for the SA Strong message labeling this partnership in the coordinated promotion of resources that build nutrition security, increase physical activity access and develop social connectedness.
SA Strong improves fair access to healthy foods by implementing nutrition standards at food banks, pantries and other key food distribution anchor institutions. The organization is also developing new efforts, partnerships and adaptations to implementation to reach a broader population. Click here for a list of food resources in the San Augustine community.
Physical Activity Access
SA Strong enhances equitable access to safe places for physical activity and essential travel. According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, strong evidence exists that children and adolescents benefit from physical activity through improved cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, bone health, cardiovascular and metabolic health biomarkers, and favorable body composition. In addition, moderate evidence exists that physical activity reduces symptoms of depression. Click here to review The CDC Guide to Strategies to Increase Physical Activity in the Community. Click here for a list of fitness and movement resources in the San Augustine community.
SA Strong promotes community engagement opportunities to connect adults who are socially isolated. Social connectivity is the feeling of closeness and connectedness to a community. It is rooted in feelings of belonging, love and common values. Humans are innately social creatures. Every person we interact with on a regular basis is forever part of our social network. They are family members, friends, coworkers, teammates, neighbors, and acquaintances. Each has a lasting impact on our physical and mental health. Ongoing research supports the positive health benefits of social connectedness. Studies show that friendships and social connections provide intellectual stimulation and emotional support through hardships. Stress and isolation can be particularly challenging, especially in times of social distancing. People who provide you with a sense of belonging, love or value can be buffers against stress. Click here for a list of places to connect with others in the San Augustine community.