LPHI advocates for policies and legislation that advance health equity and racial justice across five main priority areas: Access to Health, Reproductive Justice, Environmental Health, Economic Opportunity and Behavioral Health.

We fight for:

  • Access to equitable, affordable, accessible healthcare for everyone
  • The human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities- Sister Song
  • Limiting the impacts of global warming and ensuring access to clean air, safe drinking water, and healthy communities
  • Everyone to have the opportunity to meet their basic needs, care for themselves and their families, and enjoy economic stability
  • Supporting all people’s mental health and wellbeing

Programs and Initiatives

Addressing Systemic Inequities to Reduce Tobacco
Project ASIRT

LPHI has selected 10 rural community-based organizations and health clinics to participate Project ASIRT (Addressing Systemic Inequities to Reduce Tobacco) funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  This program is designed to reduce tobacco use among African Americans, address and recognize tobacco-related inequities and influence policy change at the local and state level and features a learning collaborative model, focused on capacity and skills-building training, community mobilization, and increasing access to and quality of traditional and non-traditional cessation services. The following CBOs were selected through an RFP process and will serve as the designated Community Engagement Partner for their area: Delta Interfaith (Lake Providence, East Carroll Parish); LaSalle Community Action Association (Jonesville, St. Joseph, Newellton; Catahoula Parish, Tensas Parish); Morehouse General Hospital Healthcare Foundation (Bastrop, Morehouse Parish); Opelousas General Health System Foundation (Opelousas, St. Landry Parish); Prek-12 and Beyond (Tallulah, Madison Parish); The United Hands Youth Center (Ferriday, Concordia Parish). The following rural community health centers have been selected as a Rural Health Partners for this project: Catahoula Parish Hospital District #2 (Jonesville, Catahoula Parish; Ferriday, Concordia Parish); Southeast Community Health Systems (Kentwood, Tangipahoa Parish); Southwest Louisiana Primary Health Care Center (Opelousas, St. Landry Parish).

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


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Symposium on Racial and Health Equity in Louisiana

LPHI and Healthy Blue Louisiana are committed to addressing the health and racial inequities that continue to impact the social well-being, health, and health outcomes of our communities throughout Louisiana.

This commitment has been demonstrated through the creation of the inaugural Symposium on Racial and Health Equity in Louisiana held in March 2021 and has continued to grow with the 2022 Symposium, and the upcoming 2023 Symposium.


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Racial & Health Equity Learning Lab

The goal of the Racial & Health Equity Learning Lab is to build skills of the participants to identify systemic barriers and social inequities and increase technical knowledge to apply these principles to programs reducing the impact of these inequities. Participation in the Learning Lab will increase technical knowledge of health equity and racial justice of leaders across the state. By the end of the Learning Lab, members of the cohort develop, in teams, a proposed project to address an inequity in their community. Teams present the proposed projects during a forum for an opportunity to have their project funded. Selected teams will implement these projects for the duration of the cohort. The Learning Lab is supported by Healthy Blue Louisiana.


Partner Organizations