Phoenixville Community Health Leadership Academy graduated nine students

Filed in awards, news by on June 4, 2019

Press Release


Phoenixville:  The 2019 Phoenixville Community Health Leadership Academy graduated nine students from its 10-week program on May 20, 2019.  The graduates, all with a passion for addressing the needs of the greater Phoenixville region, include:  Zamelia Doswell, Jane Dugdale, Alyssa [Gehring] Meier, Lara Graham, Elizabeth Grimshaw, Emily McCarthy, Rebecca Peck, Chelsea Perugini, and Theresa Thornton. These additions now make 134 graduates since the Leadership Academy launched in 2003.   The Academy was designed, and is implemented, by the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation.  Some of the needs that the students wanted to address during this program include African American history, restorative gardens, music program and activities for children, health education and resources.   Throughout the Spring the students learned about diversity, ethics, citizenship, project management, planning, and public speaking all while developing an individual community service project.

The Leadership Academy was founded on the belief that the more people get involved in the community for the purpose of positive change, the stronger and healthier the community will be.  100% of the students reported they have seen a change in the way they navigate professional and personal situations. One student said: “This class has been helpful & given me an extra boost of confidence going forward!” Another student said, “ One of the highlights of my year. I am grateful for both new knowledge gained as well as my new friends!”  When asked how this Leadership Academy could be better, one student said “This has been incredible! Thank you!”. The following African Proverb exemplifies the Community Health Leadership Academy: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

The mission of the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation is to improve the health and quality of life for people in the greater Phoenixville region by increasing access to quality healthcare services and promoting healthy communities through grant-making and collaborations with health, civic, business and community partners.


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