LAAMPP – the Leadership Institute to Advance Minnesota’s Parity for Priority Populations – aims to eliminate tobacco disparities among diverse communities. The Leadership Institute uses training, advocacy and leadership development to build capacity for effective tobacco control among populations including:
- Africans and African Americans
- American Indians
- Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) communities
LAAMPP trainings increase the capacity of community teams to create change in their communities. LAAMPP Fellows also build relationships across communities that continue beyond the Institute. The collaborative, cross-cultural environment encourages current and former Fellows to work together, share resources and support each other’s tobacco control efforts.
There have been three sessions of the LAAMPP Institute, with the current session comprising 25 Fellows.
LAAMPP alumni are very involved with public policy activities, such as the Raise it for Health coalition’s efforts to increase the price of tobacco during the 2013 Legislative Session. The LAAMPP Policy Champions countered the tobacco industry’s efforts to frame increased cigarette taxes as unfair and regressive. They are excellent spokespersons on the proven health benefits tobacco taxes have for communities of color, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) communities and low-income populations.