Grantee: Southeast Arkansas Community Development Corporation
1022 Scogin Drive
Target Counties: Ashley & Desha
Purpose: The Southeast Arkansas Education Service Cooperative’s (SEARK ESC) mission is to assist the member schools in more effective and more equitable use of their shared resources and to provide shared services for the better education of children and youth. SEARK ESC will work with Ashley County public school districts; Crossett, Hamburg and Desha County school districts; Dumas and McGehee. The criteria for the program is based on the high percentage of minority student enrollment, reported student tobacco use and/or exposure rates greater than the state average rates, absence of an active school based tobacco prevention program in 7-12th grades and each district’s willingness to commit to program required activities. It is the goal of the program to provide minority middle school and high school students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make healthy choices related to tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke for themselves, their families, and their community. The Project Alert Prevention Education curriculum will be implemented in the four school district’s 7th and 8th grade health classes by the program coordinator, school counselor, and health teacher. Each of the four school districts will form and sponsor a youth led tobacco prevention team with members recruited from middle and high schools. Moreover, the program coordinator will collaborate with the Community Health Nurse Specialist (CHNS) to provide each school district with staff development on the health effects of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, trends in tobacco use, and creating an environment where tobacco is socially unacceptable.
Grantee: St. Francis House NWA, Inc. (DBA Northwest AR Tobacco Free Coalition)
610A E. Emma, Ste. 300
Springdale, AR 72764
Target Counties: Washington & Benton
Purpose: Northwest Arkansas Tobacco Free Coalition’s (NWATFC) mission is to improve the quality of life for Arkansans by mitigating the health and economic impact of tobacco usage through education, prevention, cessation and public policy. In an effort to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, NWATFC will collaborate with Washington and Benton County Police Departments, Headstart programs, and the Community Clinic prenatal program in Springdale, Siloam Springs, and Rogers to educate about Act 13 and Act 811. In-service programs for law enforcement officers will assist in law recognition and enforcement. Also, in-service classes will be held during seat belt safety certification classes to educate hospital staff, local fire fighters, and local police staff to remind those attending to provide education to new parents about Act 13 and Act 811. NWATFC seeks to use a culturally and age appropriate marketing campaign utilizing radio and print media to counteract tobacco advertisements targeting minority youth. To promote culturally competent cessation resources, the NWATFC will offer to assist resources for a school based smoking cessation program, Project Ex, for youth emphasizing motivation, coping skills, and personal devotion to quitting tobacco.
Grantee: Wells Bayou Youth Development, Inc.
P.O. Box 236
Gould, AR 71643
Target Counties: Lincoln, Jefferson, Desha & Drew
Purpose: The Wells Bayou Youth Development, Inc. (WYBD) seeks to affect the minority communities in the DELTA Regions of Arkansas for the following counties: Lincoln, Jefferson, Desha and Drew. WBYD will work with community coalitions in participating counties and collaborate with faith-based organizations, local law enforcement agencies, local community centers, city halls, school districts, and other agencies in participating counties. WBYD would like to change how minority communities view tobacco usage, implement tobacco related policies, and continue to educate people about tobacco related health problems thereby encouraging members of the participating communities to become tobacco free.
Grantee: Women's Council on African American Affairs, Inc.
2416 South Chester Street
Little Rock, AR 72206
Target Counties: Clark, Lonoke & Faulkner
Purpose: The Women’s Council on African American Affairs (WCAA) will work collaboratively with statewide and national health care advocates to help minority and underserved persons in targeted communities with tobacco prevention and cessation education. Scheduled events will include a series of activities and programs conducted through business and community forums and presentations, marketing efforts through radio, print, video and television, signage checks of tobacco retailers, and youth and parent advocacy. Residents will be educated on laws pertaining to Clean Indoor Air, Operation Storefront, sales of tobacco products to minors, excessive signage, laws pertaining to exposing minors to environmental tobacco smoke in vehicles and homes, and the 40 Days to Freedom campaign. The target group will include minorities, with special emphasis on African American and Hispanic males and faith-based communities. Other disparate communities such as youth, pregnant women, college age minority students, substance abusers, and incarcerated persons will also be addressed.