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AALF's focus is to improve the economic health of communities through public and private partnerships that create opportunities for underserved communities where business opportunities have been denied, unemployment is high, affordable housing is scarce and chronic homelessness has reached unacceptable levels – all critical factors in creating healthy, sustainable communities in the Twin Cities.
Through our 5 Point Program to Address Economic Inequality, we are working on achievable outcomes, goals, and deliverables that will:
  • Public and Private Employment Creation
  • African-American Businesses in Minnesota. Ensuring they have equal access to public and private contracts
  • Work with Minnesota Legislatures and Governor on short and long-term strategies to end economic disparities
  • Hold Minnesota-based philanthropies, private, corporate and community foundations accountable in prioritizing these goals and devoting resources to African American led organizations working toward effective solutions to end this dilemma. 
  • AALF-TC calls on public, private and philanthropic enterprises to partner with African American organizations
It is AALF's goal to highlight these areas and to call for concrete efforts and solutions to end this dilemma.

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AALF Programs: 

Menthol Tobacco Smoking Study
The goal of the project is to identify and implement community-driven strategies to reduce menthol cigarette use among US-born African Americans (US-AA) in Hennepin and Ramsey counties. Our aim is to expand the awareness of menthol targeting in affected populations. The increased awareness will create greater community demand for action that supports policy, systems, and environmental changes to address the harms of tobacco in the US-AA community in Hennepin and Ramsey counties.

AALF’s 5 Point Program to Address Economic Inequality

AALF-TC’s purpose in highlighting this issue today is to call for concrete efforts in five specific areas — that don’t require additional research to start, can be implemented within and across sectors, and don’t wait for our problems to fix themselves:

  • Hiring practices
  • Support of small and African American led businesses, broader short and long term strategies to end economic disparities, philanthropic support, and in collaboratively monitoring and reporting our progress. I’ll briefly expand on each of these five areas.

African American Financial Capability Community of Practice
The African American Leadership Forum produces a black paper that focuses on African American financial capabilities in the Twin Cities. This paper provides an analysis and prescription of what needs to be done to improve assets of African Americans. This black paper identifies new tools that have emerged to advance African American economic growth.

Baraza: A Black Woman’s Health Gathering!

We are also committed to raising community awareness of social determinants of health, and attention to their impacts. Social determinants of health include culture, social class, income and wealth, adequacy of housing, educational opportunity, environment, civic engagement/social connectedness, transportation and childhood development.

AALF Health and Wellness priorities are:

  • Promote and advance culturally sensitivity, trauma-informed, mental healthcare
  • Promote preventive healthcare and healthy lifestyles
  • Promote access to healthy food and environment
  • Promote the prevention of menthol tobacco use in the black community.

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