Policy and Equity
Programs and Initiatives
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.
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.
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.