The goal of the Statewide American Indian Community Readiness Project was to conduct an assessment of Tribal readiness to work on key commercial tobacco-related policy and systems changes with 12 regionally diverse Tribal communities from Southern, Central, and Northern California. As part of this assessment, the project also worked with Tribal groups to develop relationships and inform tobacco control strategic planning efforts.

Five key commercial tobacco-related policies were assessed and included Tobacco 21, a tobacco tax, smoke-free worksites on Tribal lands, smoke-free households, and smoke-free indoor and outdoor areas in multi-unit housing (where applicable). There were 44 key informant interviews and eight focus groups conducted to build relationships, assess community norms, and document best approaches to address five key areas of interest in commercial tobacco-related policies.

This work was made possible by funds from the California Department of Public Health, California Tobacco Control Programs.


Claradina Soto, PhD, MPH (she/her)

Tribal affiliations:
Navajo/Jemez Pueblo

Associate Professor of Clinical Population and Public Health Sciences