Grantee: Legacy Initiatives
P.O. Box 409
Target Counties: Hempstead, Howard, Little River, Miller & Sevier
Purpose: Legacy Initiatives (LI) proposes to implement evidence-based programs to reduce or eliminate tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS) and educate the public on state tobacco cessation programs. All programming targets the 33,927 African-American and Latino populations, primarily focusing on the males in the population. LI proposes to: 1) reduce the availability of tobacco to youth in community retailers (2) partner with strategic community partners, such as physicians, schools and faith-based initiatives in order to educate citizens on the dangers of tobacco (3) decrease exposure to secondhand smoke by implementing policy change at public and private sector locations and (4) identify established disparities regarding the enforcement and knowledge of tobacco laws and reduce disparities between minority and non-minority populations.
Grantee: Madison County Health Coalition
P.O. Box 336
Huntsville, AR 72740
Target Counties: Madison
Purpose: The Madison County Health Coalition (MCHC) plans to provide leadership and training to Hispanic youth, empowering them to be leaders and prevention advocates in the Hispanic community as well as the entire county. The youth S.T.R.U.T. Team, which currently has several active Hispanic students, with the guidance of the coalition and bilingual project coordinator, will address the four CDC interventions of tobacco prevention. The youth will develop a fact sheet in English and Spanish to use when approaching businesses to ask them to write “No Smoking 25 ft. from Entrances’,” policies. The S.T.R.U.T. Team will educate their peers about cessation resources that are available to their age group. Information about local cessation resources will be given at Back to School events, as well as the local Hispanic Butterball Health Fair. The S.T.R.U.T. Team will develop a radio and print ad(s) focused on preventing cigarette and spit tobacco use. Also, the team will lead the coalition and its partners in planning the Madison County Teen Summit on Tobacco Prevention and a regional Hispanic youth training on tobacco advocacy. The MCHC will partner with a local faith-based organization to implement the evidence-based program, Families Unidas. This program will work with Hispanic families to prevent risky behaviors such as tobacco use.
P.O. Box 1481
Blytheville, AR 72315
Target Counties: Mississippi, Craighead, Crittenden & Poinsett
Purpose: Mississippi County Coalition For A Tobacco-Free Arkansas’ (MCCTFA) mission is to improve the health of all Arkansans by reducing the burden caused by tobacco use with the goals of increasing tobacco free environments and decreasing the number of individuals addicted to nicotine and the access of tobacco to youth. The coalition will seek to educate parent groups regarding Arkansas’ Act 13 & Act 811and Arkansas State Public Schools Smoking Policy that will limit youth and children’s exposure to secondhand smoke. Youth engagement in community projects will encourage advocacy and adherence to smoke free lifestyle choices. The Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ) guideline presentations with health care clinics will encourage local providers to direct tobacco dependent patients/clients to the SOS Quitline. Assessment of the local business’ knowledge of employee cessation benefits and coverage will direct promotion of worksite cessation programs and policy. African American males will be guided to cessation resources through professionals and providers at agencies serving youth, young adults and families.
Grantee: Part of the Solution
105 Bracey Lane
North Little Rock, AR 72204
Target Counties:Pulaski & Saline
Purpose: Part of the Solution (POTS), Inc. is a nonprofit organization located in North Little Rock whose mission is to teach, elevate and empower individuals to acquire life skills and knowledge to improve their health, personal safety, and to build self-esteem that will ultimately lead to self-sustainability and financial stability. POTS, Inc. will work to reduce the tobacco use rate among African American and Hispanic males in Pulaski and Saline Counties. The coalition will collaborate with partners to eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke by expanding Tobacco policies in workplaces, automobiles and homes. POTS, Inc. will promote quitting among adults and youth via the 40 Days to Freedom curriculum within the faith-based community. Moreover, the fax back referral program in conjunction with the AR Quitline will be used as a major outreach program. The staff and coalition will work to prevent youth initiation of tobacco products via Operation Storefront, a program of ADH, and work to implement media campaigns targeting youth.