The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) seeks to engage local community leaders, organizations, and residents in rural communities to work towards building capacity for grassroots policy change to address systemic inequities and increase the use of traditional and non-traditional tobacco cessation programs for tobacco users who want to quit smoking. Through a selection process, LPHI will identify community-based organizations and Rural Health Clinics/Federally Qualified Health Centers to partner on community capacity-building interventions at the local level.

The Project ASIRT target population includes African Americans living in 10 rural, low-income communities throughout Louisiana, specifically Ferriday, Jonesville, Lake Providence, Tallulah, Bastrop, Delhi, Opelousas, Kentwood, St. Joseph, and Newellton. Applications are still being accepted for 

Project ASIRT is funded through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Building Capacity to Reduce Tobacco Inequities in the South and Midwest. 

The Challenge
Louisiana communities, especially African Americans in rural areas, are heavily impacted by chronic disease caused by smoking and tobacco use. Policy changes at the local community 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 individual efforts to improve the quality of life of their residents. This is an opportunity for community-based organizations and Rural Health Clinics/Federally Qualified Health Centers to increase their capacity and resources to achieve other community goals.

The Opportunity
This project seeks to mobilize local community leaders, organizations, and residents in rural communities to build the capacity for grassroots policy change. Efforts will collectively address systemic inequities and increase the use of traditional and non-traditional tobacco cessation programs for tobacco users who want to quit smoking and 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 targeted parishes that are challenged with poverty, limited access to health care services, and complex social factors, like racial discrimination.

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 rural communities to reduce tobacco use among African Americans, address and recognize tobacco-related inequities, and influence policy change at the local and state level.  As a result of attending this learning collaborative, community organizations and Rural Health Clinics/Federally Qualified Health Centers will be better equipped to mobilize their communities to promote healthier environments and offer more resources for those who want to quit tobacco.

Partnership Grant Period: December 20, 2020 to November 30, 2021

Awarded Partner Organizations

Community engagement partners are:

  • Opelousas General Health System Foundation (St. Landry Parish)
  • The United Hands Youth Center (Concordia Parish)
  • LaSalle Community Action Association, Inc (Catahoula and Tensas Parishes)
  • Prek-12 and Beyond (Madison Parish)
  • Morehouse General Hospital Healthcare Foundation (Morehouse Parish)
  • Delta Interfaith (East Carroll Parish)

The rural health partners are:

  • Catahoula Parish Hospital District #2 (Concordia and Catahoula Parishes)
  • Southeast Community Health Systems (Tangipahoa Parish)
  • Southwest Louisiana Primary Health Care Center, Inc. (St. Landry Parish)

The timeline for the process can be found below. 

Important Dates


Important Benchmarks

October 16, 2020                           RFA Release Date – The RFA will be made available on the LPHI website.
October 26, 2020

Project ASIRT’s Request for Applications Information Session – A conference call was held with all interested applicants to discuss this grant opportunity.

A recording of the call is available here. An FAQ from the session is also available here

December 1, 2020Submission Deadline – Grant applications must be received, via online submission process by noon (CST).
November 18, 2020Award Notification – Applicants will be notified of funding decisions via email.
December 20, 2020Contract Signing Deadline – Grant contracts must be signed and returned to LPHI by this date.
January – February 2021

Required Meetings:

  • Grant Kick-Off Meeting
  • 1st Learning Collaborative Session

If you have questions, please reach out to Tiffany Jeanminette at tjeanminette@lphi.org