The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) seeks to engage local community leaders, organizations, and residents in Black rural communities to work towards building capacity for grassroots policy change to address systemic inequities to reduce tobacco use (ASIRT).
Through a selection process, LPHI will identify Community–Based Organizations and Rural Health Clinics/Federally Qualified Health Centers to partner on community capacity-building and policy change interventions at the local and/or state level.
The ASIRT target population includes African-Americans living in low-income, rural communities with a high incidence of tobacco use. The 10 priority communities are Ferriday, Jonesville, Lake Providence, Tallulah, Bastrop, Delhi, Opelousas, Kentwood, St. Joseph, and Newellton.
ASIRT is funded through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Building Capacity to Reduce Tobacco Inequities in the South and Midwest.
Louisiana’s Black rural communities are heavily impacted by chronic disease caused by smoking and tobacco use. Additionally, racism and other prevalent systemic inequities drive high rates of tobacco use and health disparities in these communities. Policy changes at the local and state levels can positively impact health outcomes and decrease the use of tobacco. Community-based organizations can bring a deeper understanding of community needs, priorities, and assets to projects like this one. Rural Health Clinics/Federally Qualified Health Centers can provide primary care and support for quitting tobacco to socioeconomically and geographically disadvantaged communities.
Beyond reducing tobacco use, LPHI aims to support communities in their efforts to improve the quality of life of their residents. ASIRT is an opportunity for community-based organizations and Rural Health Clinics/Federally Qualified Health Centers to build their capacity and resources to achieve other goals related to identified community priorities.
ASIRT seeks to mobilize local community leaders, organizations, and residents in rural communities to build the capacity for grassroots policy change and cessation efforts. This project will collectively address systemic inequities that drive high rates of tobacco use and other chronic conditions in Black rural communities, increase the use of traditional and non-traditional tobacco cessation programs for tobacco users who want to quit smoking, and will design and promote prevention strategies for those who aren’t tobacco users.
Partnership Grant Opportunities
LPHI proposes to select and award partnership grants to Community-Based Organizations and Rural Health Clinics/Federally Qualified Health Centers in the priority parishes that are challenged with complex social factors such as, but not limited to, access to quality medical care, low-income levels, and digital inequities; with racism being the driving agent.
LPHI will convene, organize, and house a Learning Collaborative of Community-Based Organizations and Rural Health Clinics/Federally Qualified Health Centers to build the capacity of Louisiana’s Black rural communities to address systemic inequities that drive high rates of tobacco use through policy change at the local and state level. As a result of participating in this learning collaborative and supplemental project activities, partner organizations will be able to strengthen organizational and community capacity and skills to work on any issue to benefit their community, increase collaboration through partnerships and community coalitions, increase their understanding of how grassroots, community-led campaigns can amplify positive change among communities and improve health outcomes, and reduce tobacco use and tobacco-related health inequities in their communities.
Request for Applications Timeline & Process
November 10, 2022
RFA Release Date– The RFA will be made available on the LPHI website at lphi.org/asirt.
December 6, 2022
LPHI Informational Session conference call will be held with all interested applicants to discuss this grant opportunity
December 21, 2022
Submission Deadline – Grant applications must be received, via online submission process by 12 noon (noon CST).
January 25, 2023
Award Notification – Applicants will be notified of funding decisions via email.
February 15, 2023
Contract Signing Deadline – Grant contracts must be signed and returned to LPHI by this date