In 2013, Partnerships for Native Health conducted a needs assessment with community healthcare workers from partner tribes throughout Washington State. Approximately 80% of those interviewed expressed a need for survivorship support and facilitator training for cancer survivors. To address this need, P4NH staff partnered with Dr. Rachel Ceballos from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dr. Ceballos and her team had previously developed and evaluated a Spanish-language support group for Latino cancer survivors living in the lower Yakima Valley of Central Washington. Building upon Dr. Ceballos’s successful work, P4NH staff established a new survivorship curriculum called Staying in the Circle of Life (SITCOL).
We are pleased to announce the 2013 Native People for Cancer Control Community Grantees! Below are the grantees and their project titles:
Billings Clinic Cancer Center: “Fit and Fabulous – Getting Educated and Healthy” Inland Northwest Health Services: “Reducing Cancer Risk in the Spokane Tribe of Indians” Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe: “Spirit of the Drum Breast Cancer Survivor Support Group” Native American Community Board: “Cancer Education Public Service Announcements in the Yankton Sioux Community” Nimiipuu Health: “Women’s Wellness Day” South Puget Inter-tribal Planning Agency: “Shining Light Walk to Colon Cancer Prevention”
Native People for Cancer Control is a community network program funded by the National Cancer Institute. It includes several research projects designed to alleviate cancer health disparities among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Rates of cancer incidence in Native people have increased in recent years, while remaining steady or declining in other U.S. racial and ethnic groups. After a cancer diagnosis, five-year survival rates in Native people are the lowest of all races. We have worked with tribes and tribal organizations in eight states to address the following issues:
— Cancer education and health promotion activities and interventions, emphasizing traditional foods and ways of wellness.
— Community-level research on colorectal cancer screening, health communication, and reducing cancer risk factors among Native youth.
— Research training opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native investigators and students.
To date, the work of Native People for Cancer Control has resulted in several community-based research products described here. We have also produced a half-dozen peer-reviewed publications, with more on the way. Our overall goal is to make a direct contribution to better cancer outcomes and quality of life for American Indian and Alaska Native populations.
Regional Native American Community Network Program Center: Native People for Cancer Control – Bioethics Supplement
American Indians and Alaska Natives are extremely diverse in culture, residential location, and health care needs. Despite this diversity, which encompasses rural tribes and villages as well as growing urban communities, all are typically placed in a single category when national, state, and local statistics are calculated. Many published statistics do not even include an enumeration of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Yet accurate demographic data are indispensable, because government policymakers use them to make decisions about funding for education, health, and other community needs. A simple lumping of hundreds of distinct small groups under the unified heading of American Indians/Alaska Natives will likely result in a false picture of health trends, given the unique strengths, resources, histories, and concerns of these varied populations. For final product please see our Guidebook and Visual PowerPoint.