Way Finders’ Resident Health Advocates foster residents’ independence, collaboration, leadership, personal growth, and an increased knowledge base about the promotion of health by leading physical activities for children and adults, engaging families to participate, engaging residents in C3 Police Initiative efforts, policy advocacy and infrastructure planning under the Healthy Hill Initiative.

Known in the community as RHAs, Way Finders Resident Health Advocates have been recognized for their leadership and dedication to their community in LiveWell Springfield’s “Guess What I did Campaign”


Resident Health Advocates (RHAs)

Way Finders' Residential Health Advocates are a diverse group of residents who go above and beyond as leaders in their community. 

Meet the RHAs

Community Advocate Monthly Meetings

Held the first Thursday evening of each month, Community Advocates Meetings are a great way to stay informed about a variety of infrastructure advocacy efforts happening in Springfield. Each meeting is hosted by the Healthy Hill Initiative Resident Health Advocates and Way Finders. Residents advocate for improvements in their neighborhood regarding streets, sidewalks, lighting and other infrastructure issues, and for improved public safety. Meetings are held from 5:30-7pm the first Thursday of each month at Brookings Elementary School.

Resident Leadership Training

Leadership training opportunities for Springfield residents include Community Advocate Trainings and Civic Muscle Workshops. Leadership trainings are a great opportunity to develop and enhance leadership skills and learn more about how to advocate for change in your community.

Community Advocate Trainings are an opportunity for Community Advocates to enhance leadership skills and provide tools for a building stronger neighborhood and advocating for community improvement. These trainings provide hands-on learning experience and a forum for discussing community issues and envisioning solutions. Community Advocate Trainings have been offered on topics including: 

  • “Navigating the System--Government 101”
  • “Making Your Actions Count--How to Advocate Effectively"
  • “The Art of Public Speaking--How to Tell Your Story”
  • “Writing With Power--Using Social Media and Other Platforms”
  • “Understanding the City Budget.”

Civic Muscle Workshops are for residents who want to learn to advocate for neighborhood improvements and learn more about Springfield’s Complete Streets Policy. Civic Muscle Workshops are free interactive sessions hosted by the Healthy Hill Initiative and Way Finders-- a great opportunity to learn more about neighborhood improvements including streets, sidewalks, lighting, public safety, and other infrastructure issues.

Climate and Health Equity Planning

Funded by the Kresge Foundation, Way Finders engages residents in the local climate justice planning process. Springfield residents and stakeholders discuss climate change as a health equity issue and evaluate potential climate related transportation and housing policies to be implemented in Springfield.