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Healthy Communities Leadership Academy

Fostering visionary, spirited and thoughtful leadership toward sustainable, healthy communities.

Lewis San Antonio Healthy Communities Institute

The Lewis-San Antonio Healthy Communities Institute (HCI) was established to identify opportunities, solutions and partners in order to positively impact the social and physical health of our region.  HCI works to bridge Healthcare and community health by bringing the hospital to the community as a partner in improving the health and wellness of our communities.

Healthy Communities Leadership Academy

HCI is partnering with the CSUSM Temecula Campus to develop a Healthy Communities Leadership Academy (HCLA) to provide leaders with best practices and to support decision making  around policies that impact community health.  Curricula is currently being developed to support the Academy through a steering committee of universities, healthy community advocates and leaders from the Inland Empire, cities, counties, COGS, health care, lead agencies, and prominent healthy community nonprofit organizations.  The proposed curriculum includes community health, land use planning, economic development, environment and other related topics.  The Academy will bring Healthy Communities, subject matter together into one offering and provide a university-based, non-credit leadership certificate opportunity to leaders from every sector, including local government, business, education, non-profit, faith-based and community leadership.

Topic Areas

  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Health in all Policies
  • Chronic Disease
  • Prevention
  • Access to Quality Healthcare                  
  • Environmental Exposures
  • Environmental Justice                                          
  • Nutrition
  • Food Systems                                                       
  • Urban Gardens
  • Fast Food Culture                                                
  • Food Waste
  • Built Environment Impacts                                 
  • Community Design
  • General Plans and Zoning                                   
  • Physical Activity Opportunities
  • Parks, Open Space, Land Preservation                
  • Mixed Use           
  • Regional Planning and Transportation                
  • Affordable Housing
  • Education, Employment and Income                  
  • Entrepreneurialism
  • Art/Cultural Activities and Social Fabric            
  • Community Health
  • Transforming Communities                                 
  • Reaching Decision Makers

Who Should Attend

  • City/County Planners and Commissioners          
  • City Council Members
  • Economic Development Professionals                
  • Community Leaders
  • Air Quality/Government Planning Agencies       
  • Healthy Community Planners
  • Public Policy Decision Makers                            
  • Health Educators
  • Developers/Building Industry Contractors          
  • Sustainability Managers
  • Non-Profit Health Advocates                              
  • Affordable Housing Personnel
  • Community Health Workers                                
  • Environmental Planners
  • Creative Arts and Cultural Workers                  
  • Environmental Justice Advocates

Program Locations and Dates

HCLA is a four-month certificate program that meets one time each month for a two-day session on Monday and Tuesday at various locations (to be determined) throughout the Inland Empire.  In addition to over 40 hours of instruction and materials, the registration fee includes one paid overnight retreat at the first session, outdoor field trips and all meals.

Session Dates Coming Soon!


  • $499 standard
  • $450 non-profit or government agencies
  • $295 student

Fee includes:

  • 40 hours of instruction
  • 4.0 CEU's
  • SME presentations
  • Experiential learning
  • Tours
  • Meals at each session
  • One night lodging (September 18)
  • Award Plaque
  • Certificate from: CSU San Marcos and Cal Poly Pomona
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For questions regarding registration or sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

CSUSM Temecula Campus

´╗┐HCLA Application Process