Ashley Rainge-Shields Joins Step Up Savannah's Neighborhood Leadership Academy

25 emerging leaders begin training on September 12. An online public forum is scheduled for November 14 to discuss Environmental and Transportation Justice.
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Sept. 7, 2022 - PRLog -- (SAVANNAH, GA) Healthy Savannah is pleased to announce that Ashley Rainge-Shields, director of Fund Development and Communications, has been named as a facilitator at Step Up Savannah's 14th annual Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA). The online training sessions begin September 12 and continue through November 28.

For the past 13 years, this free training program has provided an opportunity for established and emerging leaders from diverse segments of the community to learn problem solving, critical thinking, policy-making, and advocacy skills. More than 239 graduates, including several Healthy Savannah staff members, are now serving as community leaders and elected officials.

A graduate of the 2020 training program, Rainge-Shields will provide health equity training for the 25 participants, helping them develop community leadership skills aimed at positively impacting the underserved and unrepresented neighborhoods in the Savannah-Chatham community.

Rainge-Shields will also help facilitate an online public forum on November 14. This free livestream class will focus on Environmental and Transportation Justice and is being offered to provide pertinent information as well as give the public a chance to see what the training sessions are like. This session is free and open to the public. For more information visit

Step Up Savannah is one of 200 community partners collaborating with Healthy Savannah and the YMCA of Coastal Georgia on opportunities that collectively impact the framework of improving health equity in Savannah and Chatham County. Healthy Savannah and the Y are joint administrators of the five-year, $3.4 million Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant awarded in 2018 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to foster sustainable health equity among Black residents in low-wealth neighborhoods.

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