RLA Curriculum


The Resident Leadership Academy (RLA) is a curriculum-based, community health organizing project that empowers residents to make positive changes in their communities. Participants attend a multi-session training program, led by a facilitator, and learn about how neighborhoods can impact how chronic diseases develop. The training includes a combination of core health information, community health strategies that support individual health and lifestyle choices, and practical ways to take action that improves communities. At the end of the sessions, the participants assess their neighborhoods, determine and prioritize needs, and implement a Community Improvement Project. RLA graduates are empowered to make healthy behavior changes, enhance their neighborhood environments, and create vibrant neighborhoods through policy, systems, and environmental changes.

Review the RLA Participant Workbook to learn about making changes in your community.

Review the RLA Facilitator Guide to learn about educating and supporting residents in your community.



RLA English Materials

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RLA English Workbook

RLA English Audio Files

RLA English Facilitator Guide

RLA English PowerPoints

RLA Spanish Materials

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RLA Spanish Workbook

RLA Spanish Audio Files

RLA Spanish Facilitator Guide

RLA Spanish PowerPoints

More Resources

(available by request)

  • PowerPoints: Arabic & Vietnamese
  • Needs Assessment
  • Evaluation Tools
  • Certification Templates
  • Supplemental Videos and Podcast
  • And much more

Email us at rlainfo@arboretagroup.com for the above resources.


Questions? Comments? Concerns?

Do you have questions about how to use the curriculum or how to start an RLA in your community? Do you want to know more about past and current RLAs and CIPs? Then please let us know and email us directly at rlainfo@arboretagroup.com

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