The ClearWay Minnesota Board of Directors has approved five new grants to community-based organizations serving Minnesotans of low socioeconomic status. The grants will fund these organizations to create pathways to quit-smoking help for the low-income tobacco users they already serve.
Totaling $152,000, the new grants will fund 12-month projects at five organizations:
- Dakota Wicohan, an American Indian nonprofit organization located in rural southwestern Minnesota ($26,000);
- Portico Healthnet, a nonprofit health and human services organization that helps uninsured Minnesotans access affordable health coverage and care ($21,000);
- Sub-Saharan African Youth and Family Services of Minnesota, a nonprofit human service agency serving African communities in Minnesota ($38,000);
- Touchstone Mental Health, a Hennepin County nonprofit organization providing services to individuals whose lives are affected by mental illness($17,000); and
- Vietnamese Social Services of Minnesota, an agency that addresses the needs of Vietnamese families and individuals ($50,000).
Socioeconomic status is one of the greatest predictors of smoking. In Minnesota, 24 percent of adult smokers are in the lowest income bracket, and among those with education levels lower than a college degree, one in every five people smokes.