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Developing Leaders in Priority Populations to Address Tobacco Disparities: Results From a Leadership Institute

Ericson, Rebecca PhD; St. Claire, Ann MPH; Schillo, Barbara PhD; Martinez, Jamie MEd; Matter, Chris BA; Lew, Rod MPH

Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: January/February 2013 - Volume 19 - Issue 1 - p E1–E8
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e31822d4c41
Original Articles

Context: Few published evaluations documenting the results of community health leadership programs exist. Furthermore, few leadership programs specifically address cross-cultural issues or priority populations, and none have focused on the area of tobacco control.

Objective: The goal of the evaluation was to determine the effectiveness of the Leadership and Advocacy Institute to Advance Minnesota's Parity for Priority Populations Institute. Institute Fellows were recruited from 5 priority populations, including African/African American, American Indian, Asian American, Chicano Latino and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender. The Institute's impact on the acquisition and application of particular leadership skills was assessed, along with its impact in building priority population capacity to engage in tobacco control activities.

Design and Measure: Findings are based on mixed methods, including Fellows' completion of paper surveys prior, during, and post-Institute, and telephone interviews conducted post-Institute.

Results: Perceived skills increased in all areas assessed. Fellows reported applying specific skills acquired 16 months after the Institute. Furthermore, a high number of Fellows were more intensely involved in tobacco control work compared to baseline and reported involvement in cross-cultural collaborations or initiatives post-Institute.

Conclusion: The Institute achieved both short-term and intermediate outcomes; skills were acquired during the Institute and sustained and applied in areas of tobacco control over 1 year later.

This article describes the evaluation of the first Leadership and Advocacy Institute to Advance Minnesota's Parity for Priority Populations (LAAMPP).

Ericson Associates, St Paul, Minnesota (Dr Ericson); ClearWay MinnesotaSM, Minneapolis (Dr Schillo, Mr Martinez, and Mss St. Claire and Matter); and Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership, Oakland, California (Mr Lew).

Correspondence: Rebecca D. Ericson, PhD, Ericson Associates, 637 Schifsky Rd, Shoreview, MN 55126 (

The authors thank Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, University of Southern California, and Raymond Boyle, PhD, MPH, Director of Research, ClearWay MinnesotaSM, for their contributions to the evaluation and this article. They also thank the Fellows for their participation in the Institute and the evaluation.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.