208975 American Indian Attitudes & Values: A video that highlights the importance of spiritual care and cancer care services

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 3:30 PM

Catherine Witte, MDiv , Centers of Excellence, Phoenix Indian Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ
Naomi Lane , Southwest American Indian Collaborative Network, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., Phoenix, AZ
John R. Lewis, MA , Executive Director, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., Phoenix, AZ
Kathryn Coe, PhD , University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Cancer health disparities cannot be reduced without addressing the spiritual and cultural needs of American Indians affected by cancer. Currently, there are limited educational materials that specifically address these aspects of cancer care for American Indians. The purpose of the project is to promote cancer awareness and education through the development of culturally and spiritually appropriate materials for American Indian cancer patients, family members, healthcare providers and community leaders.

The Southwest American Indian Collaborative Network (SAICN) aims to reduce cancer health disparities among American Indians in the Southwest. SAICN in collaboration with the University of Arizona Cancer Center and the Phoenix Indian Medical Center has developed a cancer educational video, “American Indian Attitudes & Values: An Integral Part in Cancer Care.” This video provides a greater understanding and promotion of culturally responsive cancer care services appropriate for American Indian cancer survivors, family members, and health professionals serving American Indians. Interviews included in this video demonstrate the uniqueness and need for providing more appropriate cancer care services for American Indians.

The authors will present an overview of the collaborative efforts in which the videos strengthen existing and initiating new partnerships with communities and organizations. In addition, dissemination of the video and viewer feedback will be shared with conference participants.

Learning Objectives:
Identify ways in which American Indians with cancer and their families can be supported spiritually though their cancer experience

Keywords: American Indians, Faith Community

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the chaplain for the medical center and have been involved in the project included in the abstract since it's inception.
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.