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203399 Improving Health Care in American Indian/Alaska Native Communities: A Case Study of Colorectal Cancer Screening
Monday, November 9, 2009
American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations are significantly less likely than non-Hispanic whites to be screened and to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer (CRC) at early, more treatable stages and more likely to be diagnosed in later stages. This case study focuses on the work of the Prevent Cancer Foundation to increase CRC screening in Indian Country, (1) working with ten AI/AN teams which developed action plans specific to their communities and (2) developing a Call to Action to increase broad-based support for making CRC screening a priority in Indian Country.
The AI/AN screening project was launched in 2007 with a working meeting which brought together the 10 teams, each with representatives drawn from collaborating organizations and tribal leadership, for discussion and identification of action steps to decrease CRC in their communities by increasing awareness, education and screening. Team outcomes ranged from awareness campaigns and elder luncheons to a men's clinic offering screening. The Foundation facilitated the process, collaborated with national groups and leveraged public and private resources to provide each team a small grant and in-depth technical assistance for one year.
A Call to Action including a Tribal Resolution was developed as a simple, flexible tool to educate and support making CRC screening a priority in Indian Country. The Foundation is working both at the grassroots and national levels to gain signatures and support from other organizations concerned about health disparities and Indian Country.
Successful collaboration has been instrumental in moving these efforts forward with limited resources.
Keywords: Cancer, American Indians
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am PI on the CRC screening project and have been fully involved in its planning and implementation. I have worked in cancer prevention/early detection for 0ver 6 years and have extensive experience working with cultural communities on public health issues.
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.