ClearWay Minnesota works to engage members of Minnesota’s diverse communities in tobacco control efforts to reduce the harm that commercial tobacco causes them. (“Commercial tobacco” refers to manufactured products such as cigarettes, not to the sacred and traditional uses of tobacco by American Indians and other groups.)
It is important to work reduce tobacco’s harm in these priority populations, since they:
- Have higher prevalence of tobacco use;
- Are disproportionately impacted by tobacco’s harm;
- Are less likely to use tobacco cessation services; and/or
- Are targeted by the tobacco industry.
We provide support to members of priority populations through grants, contracts, technical assistance, training opportunities and other activities.
Leadership Institute – LAAMPP
Our Leadership and Advocacy Institute to Advance Minnesota’s Parity for Priority Populations (LAAMPP) builds capacity for effective tobacco control among diverse communities. Through this program, we give funding to members of Minnesota’s African and African American, American Indian, Asian American, Chicano Latino and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) communities to conduct outreach work and raise awareness of tobacco’s harm.
We are currently recruiting Fellows for the next session of the LAAMPP Institute – more information is available here.