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Leon Rock

Co-Founder and CEO, African American Diabetes Association, Inc.

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Location: Silver Spring, MD
Start Year: 2024
TRHT Pillar: Racial Healing and Relationship Building

Biography

Leon is a co-founder of the African American Diabetes Association (AADA). He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, College of Public and Community Service, along with a master’s degree from Cambridge College, Cambridge, Mass. He has over 30 years of experience in community development and healthcare initiatives, managing major grants and contracts with a proven ability to handle complex projects and resources. 

His experience as the co-founder of AADA, with a group of like-minded individuals, highlights his commitment to community-based solutions and leveraging shared experiences to tackle the diabetes challenge. He possesses strong partnership, communication, and collaboration skills, essential for building impactful community health programs. He possesses a well-rounded blend of leadership, community development expertise, financial management, and partnership-building skills. 

FUTURE FOCUS 

As co-founder of the African American Diabetes Association (AADA), a new organization tackling health disparities, Leon is passionate about racial healing in healthcare. This program aligns with AADA’s mission to dismantle unequal healthcare structures. Through grassroot organizing, they aim to build a movement focused on low-income communities. By collaborating with stakeholders, he plans to use advocacy, relationship-building, and community empowerment to create a truly equitable healthcare system, ultimately envisioning AADA as a key player in achieving healthcare justice. 

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