201558 Tribal-State-Private Collaboration: Working Together for Colon Health

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Larry Holman, MS LMFT , Larry Holman, MS, LMFT, Anchorage, AK
Christine DeCourtney, MPA , Department of Clinical Services, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Anchorage, AK
Julia Thorsness, BSW , Section of Chronic Disease Prevention, State of Alaska, Anchorage, AK
Judith Muller, MHA , Department of Clinical Services, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Anchorage, AK
Introduction: Alaska Native people lead the nation in incidence of colorectal cancer (CRC). CRC is a priority in the Alaska Tribal Health System (ATHS) Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan. The State of Alaska Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan also has CRC as one of its top priorities. These two organizations with private and public hospitals, health care providers, and other individuals and organizations formed the Alaska Joint Task Force on Colorectal Cancer in 2005. The purpose of the collaboration is to better utilize human and financial resources and expertise, serve as one body in advocating for CRC screening education and policy change, and provide a comprehensive approach to public outreach that works for tribal and non-tribal, rural and urban communities.

Methods: The Task Force has met monthly for more than three years. They review CRC screening data, share recently published research, educate and advocate for policy change, develop educational material and media, and participate in public and professional presentations. Participating organizations provide funding and in-kind resources for projects and events supported by the Task Force.

Results: Achievements of the Task Force include funding and developing a “Love Your Colon” table-top display for use at health fairs and other public events, a visit from the Colossal Colon, a Tribal Dialogue for Action on Colorectal Cancer Conference, Colorectal Cancer legislation, a television/radio PSA, and promotion of Polypman

Conclusion: Where priorities overlap collaboration can benefit everyone. The Alaska Joint Task Force on Colorectal Cancer is an excellent example of the benefits of collaboration.

Learning Objectives:
Describe three benefits of tribal-state-private collaboration.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Tribal Cancer Program Manager
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.