LPHI has more than 15 years of experience addressing health disparities and educating stakeholders and communities about the disproportionate impact of chronic diseases on communities of color. With the current multi-layer public health crisis of COVID-19 and racial injustice, LPHI seeks to increase the state’s capacity to address systemic barriers and social inequities that impact Black, Indigenous and People of Color’s (BIPOC) opportunity to attain their full health potential.

For effectively addressing the many social determinants of health, more statewide coordination is needed to provide clear and consistent guidance and communication messages for strategic implementation of health equity programs and authentic community engagement. LPHI seeks to implement a collective impact approach for building a health equity infrastructure for the state that would provide the needed coordination across partners and communities. The first phase of this approach is to build the capacity of organizations to lead community conversations and conduct trainings to promote health equity.

LPHI’s Policy and Equity team leads and coordinates internal and external efforts to advance federal, state, and local policy solutions and enhances LPHI’s overall commitment to health and racial equity. This is part of LPHI’s larger strategic effort to increase our effectiveness and to broaden the impact of our policy, advocacy, and equity work. The core principles are built upon authentic community engagement and the promotion of shared accountability and collective impact in collaboration and coordination across internal LPHI projects and with strategic partners and communities. As a catalyst in promoting internal excellence in public health policy and equity, the program is enhancing organization’s core infrastructure that ensures intentionality of equity and sustainable community impact through policy change.

Understanding that racial and health inequities go hand in hand, LPHI created this team to look at all of our projects and programs through an equity lens, furthering the impact of our public health work. This team will also provide technical assistance, training, and education to build internal staff and community capacity to design and implement policy and health equity strategies.

Programs and Initiatives

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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Louisiana’s Racial & Health Equity Symposium

LPHI and Healthy Blue hosted this inaugural virtual symposium to create momentum among our state leaders and drive forward intentional action to address the health and racial inequities that continue to impact the social wellbeing, health, and health outcomes of our communities. Symposium participants heard from health equity experts, community leaders, and community health professionals on efforts that promote health and racial equity and address those social determinants of health. 


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Racial & Health Equity Learning Lab

LPHI is conducting Racial Equity Learning Labs, a training series that will increase statewide technical knowledge and training capacity to conduct similar labs throughout the state through sponsorship by Healthy Blue. For effectively addressing the many social determinants of health, especially racism, LPHI aims to implement a collective impact approach for building programs that provide clear and consistent guidance, build community capacity and standardizes communication messages for strategic implementation of health equity programs and authentic community engagement across the state.

With support from Healthy Blue, LPHI has partnered with the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI) to conduct its ADJUST (Advancing Justice Together) Workshop that will increase the statewide technical knowledge and training capacity of community health leaders in Louisiana.  There are potentially two components of the LA Race & Equity Learning Lab: (1) knowledge-building of core racial equity concepts, and (2) collaborative meetings to develop action plans for local application of training curriculum. 

As a collective, those participating in the learning lab will be better equipped with understanding, compassion, and capacity for action around issues of equity and fairness in the public health field and our communities. These trainings will provide the foundation for a collective community strategy with strategic goals and benchmarking for creating statewide movement for equitable practices, policies and procedures that encourage and sustain diversity and positive changes.


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