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Rural Health Partnerships to Address Systemic Inequities and Reduce Tobacco (ASIRT) Use in Louisiana

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Louisiana Public Health Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Dec 21, 2022

Stephanie Kennedy


The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) is providing a learning collaborative, technical assistance, and funding for Rural Health Centers (RHCs), Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and community-based organizations (CBOs) to address systemic inequities and reduce tobacco use in rural African American communities in Louisiana.

Selected RHCs and FQHCs will commit to a 12-month project and the following deliverables:

  • Complete health center/clinic and provider assessments and help facilitate patient health assessments and tobacco cessation clinical health assessment
  • Create a 3- year work plan to implement a comprehensive clinical workflow for tobacco treatment
  • Participate in educational sessions and trainings via the virtual learning collaborative
  • Participate in monthly technical assistance calls to implement phase 1 of the 3-year work plan
  • Embed tobacco use screening and treatment and/or referral fields into existing electronic health records (EHR) systems
  • Communicate and promote any tobacco cessation services offered by the health provider throughout the community
  • Connect patients, other community members and leaders/key decision-makers to the project
  • Develop a referral relationship between rural health centers and community-based organizations to support clients in quitting tobacco
  • Collaborate on the development of a community-centered tobacco cessation program

If selected for this project CBOs will commit to a 15-month project and the following deliverables:

  • Complete organizational and community capacity assessment
  • Participate in educational sessions and trainings via the ASIRT learning collaborative
  • Participate in monthly technical assistance calls
  • Identify community priority for policy change initiative, create policy change, introduce policy change for priority consideration in coalition
  • Join a local community, state, or specialized coalition to advance policy priorities
  • Host community education and engagement events around the identified priority and its impact on tobacco use and community health
  • Connect other community members and leaders/key decision-makers to the project
  • Utilize the existing and developing media resources, including the digital media toolkit, to educate the community on tobacco use and other identified community health priorities
  • Develop a referral relationship with local Rural Health Clinics or Federally Qualified Health Centers to support clients in quitting tobacco
  • Develop a sustainability plan to continue to address systemic barriers and tobacco use in the community

Rural Health Centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and 501(c)(3) community-based organizations in Louisiana are eligible to apply.

ASIRT target population includes African-Americans living in low-income, rural communities in Louisiana with a high incidence of tobacco use. The 10 priority communities are Ferriday, Jonesville, Lake Providence, Tallulah, Bastrop, Delhi, Opelousas, Kentwood, St. Joseph, and Newellton.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Up to $10,000 for RHCs and FQHCs.

Up to $20,000 for CBOs.

Payments will be made in installments based on the completion of deliverables.

Application process

Select the appropriate application instructions from the program website.

Submit applications online.

Tagged as
Black or African American · Community and faith-based initiatives · Federally Qualified Health Centers · Health workforce education and training · Needs assessment methods and resources · Networking and collaboration · Planning and strategy methods and resources · Policy · Rural Health Clinics · Tobacco use · Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention · Louisiana

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