The Pamlico Rose Institute
Growing Community by Preserving History
820 Park Dr. Washington, NC, 27889
(805) 320-2967

PRISC Research

PRISC promotes exploration and awareness through investigation and writing on topics that promote community sustainability through historic preservation and service to at-risk populations, such as Veterans.

PRISC’s efforts provide opportunity to foster awareness of topics that relate to historic preservation and/or service to at-risk populations and more generally community sustainability.  Ongoing projects, such as the Rose Haven Center of Healing, feature components such as healing strategies through urban gardening and woodworking and the development of social resilience while also offering innovative perspectives on historic rehabilitation and reuse.

Anthropologist and PRISC CEO Robert Greene Sands authors a periodic column for the Washington Daily News entitled “On Community”.  In this column, Sands explores varied aspects of community sustainability and resilience.   Past columns can be accessed here under “PRISC Papers”.

PRISC hosts a YouTube Channel and offers video presentations on PRISC, its mission, events and activities such as “An Evening Conversation with Holly Dunn”.  Upcoming features include the 2018 VET Talks – IBX and a short documentary on the 2018 Healing Vets Weekend and Ride for Rose Haven.  Search YouTube with Pamlico Rose Institute for more videos.

See interview with Robert Greene Sands, CEO on the PRISC Mission

See “An Evening Conversation with Holly Dunn

The PRISC staff and BoD features social, cultural, and behavioral scientists.  Their collective perspectives inform the approach to their programs and projects.  Occasionally, PRISC personnel produce white papers on topics that relate to their mission and approaches.  See white papers on social resilience and urban living: Finding Community in the Past, and Urban Living, Community, Resilience and Kinship.


Finding Community in the Past: Urban Living, Community, Resilience and Kinship

Many residential options exist in a changing urban and rural landscape where currents of alternative lifestyles, generations, fracturing families, and concepts of community swirl in American society.  There are migrations of individuals and families from urban areas to the less costly rural hamlets and small urban enclaves, from north to south, east to west and from mostly anywhere out of California.  There is a counter movement of back to the cities, and one of gentrifying urban density as a means to rehabilitate and stem the tide of decades of urban blight.


Social Resilience

Many female Veterans who suffer from substance abuse, emotional anxiety and mental stress have also experienced physical or emotional trauma to include PTSD, Military Sexual Trauma (MST), or other forms that are related to their military careers.  Female Veterans experience rates of substance abuse or other emotionally-destructive behaviors, such as eating disorders, at higher rates than their male counterparts due to similar experiences of military service.  This includes experiences that are unique to their gender, including higher rates of suicide.  The Rose Haven Center of Healing offers a program of social resilience that can benefit programs of recovery and integration.