Policy, System, Environment Fellowship, Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL)

Policy, System, Environment Fellowship, Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL)

Organization Summary

The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), founded in 1997, is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit and public health institute that translates evidence into strategy to optimize health ecosystems. Our work focuses on uncovering complementary connections across sectors to combine the social, economic, and workforce needed to align action for health. We champion health for people, within systems, and throughout communities because we envision a world where everyone has the opportunity to be healthy and well.

We are a highly experienced team of professionals who are dedicated to making a positive, lasting impact on the lives of Louisiana residents. Our partners represent a broad range of stakeholders including government, academia, healthcare systems and providers, mental health and social services, community-based organizations, policy makers, business leaders and community advocates. We work together to build community capacity and resilience and address social, economic, and racial factors impacting health outcomes.

The Opportunity   

The Louisiana Public Health Institute administers tobacco control and prevention programming focused on improving the health of Louisianans by reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke through community capacity-building, promoting cessation services, policy, and advocacy, and identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities. A significant portion of this programming consists of the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL), which began in 2003. It is an evidence-based, statewide, comprehensive tobacco control and prevention program funded by the state’s tobacco excise tax through a contract (of roughly $4.7M) with the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium (LCRC). The TFL program is guided and advised by the TFL Steering Committee and Advisory Board. 

The TFL Policy, System, Environment (PSE) Fellowship is a new endeavor designed to aid a doctoral student in public health, social work, social sciences, public policy, or other related areas of study by providing experiential learning of the operationalization of health equity within public health programming specific to policy, system, and environment changes. One TFL PSE Fellowship opportunity will be extended, and the candidate selected will:

  • receive guidance, coaching, mentorship, and supervision by TFL Director and health equity strategist and expert, Dr. Earl N. Benjamin-Robinson, DrHSc, CPH.
  • coordinate health equity tasks and assignments specific to TFL deliverables.
  • have access to professional development opportunities.
  • build professional capacity and relationships with internal public health professionals and leaders.

This paid, part-time, non-benefit eligible fellowship is annual with a possibility for extension until the selected candidate graduates.  The candidate will be expected to work between 15-25 hours per week.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position will commence remotely; therefore, ideal candidates should have the ability to telework.


  • Current doctoral student in the field of public health, social work, health science, public administration, public policy, education, or closely related field required; Master’s degree in one of the previously mentioned fields.
  • 2+ years of relevant tobacco prevention and control and/or health equity professional experience.
  • Ability to demonstrate effective professional and interpersonal relationship experiences and principles.
  • Knowledge of public health and social issues in Louisiana or southern states and experience working on health or health-related programs preferred.
  • Strong commitment to LPHI’s mission and values and to centering diversity, equity, and inclusion in executing key responsibilities.

 Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Program Coordination

  • Support coordination and monitoring of TFL’s Advance, Implement, and Mobilize (AIM) for Health Equity year-1 plan
  • Coordinate and lead TFL CEU submissions
  • Support coordination of TFL collaborative learning sessions

Partnerships & Collaboration

  • Support the identification of writing collaboration/opportunities with stakeholders
  • Quality improvement monitoring of the TFL Contact Hub

Document and Support Best & Promising Practices

  • Research, identify and report on best practices, or promising practices that can be converted to best practices, that can aid TFL more equitable in achieving its five goals
  • Assist in developing and informing curricula by identifying and recommending promising practices and/or best practices

Perform other duties as assigned. 

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities                                                                                                                    

  • Strong oral and written communication skills to represent LPHI and TFL to community members, statewide smoking prevention initiatives, state, and local government representatives, including the ability to explain public health priorities and issues in compelling terms and to communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively.
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues and partners.
  • Ability to think proactively, function independently and contribute effectively to team success.
  • Exceptional emotional intelligence, including interpersonal skills and experience working with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds.
  • Practices a learning orientation.
  • Ability to champion and manage change.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver with excellent quality and impact.
  • Ability to maintain a highly detail-oriented approach while maintaining an appreciation of the long-term goals and objectives of the program.
  • Ability to apply systems thinking and act strategically.
  • Ability to approach tasks in a solutions-orientated manner and with an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Experience in formal report writing preferred.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Ability to utilize virtual meeting platforms, including but not limited to GoToMeeting, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams to execute community engagement activities.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite


  • Rate of pay will be $15.00 per hour
  • Flexibility/remote work policy


Equal Opportunity Employer