Creating a legacy of social change in Minnesota communities.

The Leadership and Advocacy Institute to Advance Minnesota’s Parity for Priority Populations (LAAMPP) is a cross-cultural leadership program designed to build the capacity of Minnesota’s priority populations to effectively respond to tobacco control and health justice issues. Priority populations are defined here as the African/African American, American Indian, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Chicano/Latino, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities. Historically, priority populations have been underrepresented within the mainstream tobacco control movement and are disproportionately impacted by commercial tobacco.

Adapted from the APPEAL Leadership Model, LAAMPP is an innovative and culturally tailored leadership program designed to train and mobilize 35 leaders from priority populations throughout Minnesota to implement tobacco control interventions and policies. The fellowship provides training in capacity building, leadership development, and advocacy to support community leaders committed to making a positive impact in their communities. Currently in its third cycle, LAAMPP III consists of 20-25 days of training over the course of 18 months, which focus on five core competency areas: advocacy, collaboration, cultural and community competence, facilitation, and expanding tobacco control and prevention capacities.

The LAAMPP III Institute will run September 2012 through March 2014.

Funding for LAAMPP is provided by ClearWaySM Minnesota, an independent, non-profit organization that improves the health of all Minnesotans by reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke through research, action and collaboration. For more information about ClearWaySM, please visit

If you would like to learn more about LAAMPP III, please contact Khammany at [email protected].