In November 2000, Arkansans passed Initiated Act One, which directed a portion of Arkansas’ Master Tobacco Settlement revenue to the Arkansas Department of Health for tobacco prevention and cessation programs. This included funding specifically for tobacco prevention and cessation programs in minority communities and hence the inception of the Minority Initiative Sub-Recipient Grant Office. Tobacco Settlement Proceeds Act of 2000- (ACA § 19-12-113(b))
The Minority Initiative Sub-Recipient Grant Office continues to seek opportunities to collaborate with local organizations or community affiliations in the fight against tobacco consumption.
What is our Mission?
Our mission is to reduce tobacco use in minority communities. This will result in a reduction in the negative social, health and economic impact of tobacco use, the single most preventable cause of death and disease today.
What are our goals?
- Preventing the initiation of tobacco use among youth.
- Promoting cessation among youth and adults.
- Eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke.
- Identifying and eliminating disparities in tobacco use among different population groups.
What are our programs?
- Request for Proposals
- Mini Grant Program Support
- Capacity Building Workshops
- Community Resource
- Clearing the Air in Communities of Color Conference
- Media Campaign
- Program Oversight
What are our achievements?
- From 2010-2013, facilitated through sub-grantee efforts, 18 cities established smoke-free parks.
- Facilitated, through sub-grantee efforts, passage of Act 811 of 2011, protection of children under age 14 from secondhand smoke while in vehicles.
- The annual Clearing the Air in Communities of Color Conferences have educated 4,000+ individuals.
- Through the Request for Proposals process, 80+ community organizations have received funding for tobacco use prevention and cessation.
- Facilitated the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to become the first university to implement a tobacco free campus policy. All Arkansas state funded universities have followed suit.