The Resident Leadership Academy empowers residents in San Diego County communities. This empowerment leads to improved quality of life in neighborhoods; with changes promoting physical activity and healthy food choices. Have you ever wondered what you could do to improve the health of not only your family – but your entire community?

The Resident Leadership Academy empowers people with the knowledge, tools, strategies and commitment to make positive changes at the neighborhood level, increasing the quality of life to all residents that participate in the RLA and it began with these initial pilot communities: Lemon Grove, National City, Southeastern San Diego and Oceanside.

The long-term  vision is empowerment of community members throughout San Diego County, the state and the nation, using a community-training curriculum, training manual and broad public outreach. The Resident Leadership Academy is a true investment in human capital within commonly overlooked neighborhoods that in the past have not been viewed as priorities. These communities are now provided the opportunity to build leadership capacity and create positive changes in their neighborhoods.

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View the RLA Breakout Session at Live Well Advance 2018

Resident Driven Results – How Resident Leadership Academy Graduates are Driving Outcomes in their Communities – A Breakout Session at the 2018 #LiveWellAdvance.
Community Health Improvement Partners hosts this panel of Resident Leaders as they highlight their work in improving health, safety and economic outcomes in their neighborhoods, and get information on how to access resources to lead a community- driven improvement project in your neighborhood.

RLA Co-Founder, Dana Richardson (1:21:50), participated in the Boys and Men of Color Committee Hearing on Friday, January 26, 2018 at the San Diego Continuing Education’s North City Campus.

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RLA Supplemental Training #13

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Made possible by funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the County of San Diego