186203 National Cancer Institute's Community Network Programs' strategies for reducing cancer health disparities among Native Americans

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 3:30 PM

Brenda Seals, PhD, MPH , Native American Cancer Research Corporation, Lakewood, CO
Emmanuel A. Taylor, MSc, DrPH , Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, National Cancer Institute (NCI), Rockville, MD
Kenneth C. Chu, PhD , Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, National Cancer Institute (NCI), Rockville, MD
Leslie Cooper, PhD, MPH, BSN, RN , Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, USPHSCC, Bethesda, MD
John Foster-Bey, MPA, MBA , Evaluation Research, CSR, Inc., Arlington, VA
Tiffani Jeffries , Evaluation Research, CSR, Inc., Arlington, VA
Craig Dearfield, MA , Department of Sociology, Howard University, Washington, DC
The National Cancer Institute Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) Community Networks Program (CNP) aims to reduce cancer health disparities by: 1) increasing access to and utilization of beneficial cancer interventions in communities affected by disparities, and 2) providing a cadre of well-trained researchers who will continue to reduce disparities in their communities. In 2004, 25 programs were awarded grants to serve underserved populations such as racial/ethnic minorities and low-income rural residents.

Sources such as NCI's Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) present data demonstrating that Alaska Natives or Native Americans have the highest incidence and/or mortality rates of some types of cancer. NCI responded by making reduction in these disparities a top priority. As part of the effort, CRCHD instructed the CNP independent evaluator to conduct a cross-site study of:

cancer disparity issues typically confronting Native American communities

strategies used by CNPs to overcome these disparities

how CNP staff perceive community response to CNP strategies.

Data will be collected from the four CNPs designed to meet the specific needs of Native Americans as well as other CNP that serve multiple racial/ethnic groups and offer activities specifically geared toward Native Americans. Grantees submit data on their community partnerships, education, training, and research activities to a central database. CRCHD's contracted independent evaluation team will analyze these data and data from other sources such as site visit reports and annual reports.

Learning Objectives:
1. List cancer disparity issues affect Native American communities 2. Discuss how Community Network Programs address cancer disparities in Native American communities 3. Describe how CNP staff perceive Native American communities and respond to their efforts.

Keywords: Cultural Competency, Native Americans

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

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