New York City restaurant worker education and outreach campaign

The Foundation's initiative, Policy Advocacy on Tobacco and Health: An Initiative to Build Capacity in Communities of Color for Tobacco Policy Change, was designed to provide resources for community-based organizations and tribal groups interested in implementing effective tobacco prevention and cessation policy initiatives.This grant supports the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY) in implementing the Tobacco Education & Organizing Campaign. ROC-NY, a new immigrant workers' center created to support the displaced restaurant workers and victims' families from the World Trade Center, will engage in organization, education, and outreach with restaurant workers in New York City around the enforcement of New York City's Smokefree Air Act. Effective implementation and enforcement of the Act will be secured through extensive training of workers on the hazards of secondhand smoke and the provisions of the Act, research on restaurant workers' working conditions, formation of a restaurant workers' Smokefree Committee, and employer accountability measures to maintain healthy and safe working conditions in New York City restaurants. The project will also investigate the need for additional tobacco policy measures through survey research. The project will raise the profile of clean indoor air within the worker and immigrant rights arenas, as well as garner increased visibility for the issues of labor, race, and immigration status within the tobacco control movement.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $165,000.00

Awarded on: 8/28/2003

Time frame: 9/1/2003 - 8/31/2005

Grant Number: 49332


H.E.R.E. Education and Support Fund

1219 28th Street, N.W.
Washington, 20007-3389


Saru Jayaraman
Project Director