The Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention (NACP)

NACP Highlights

How are we doing?

Winifred Tsosie, an undergraduate at the University of Arizona, has been chosen to participate working under the supervision of Ronald Heimark, PhD, at the University of Arizona Cancer Center. (WMI Central, Aug. 16, 2013)

Read about these terrific NACP student presentations: Native American students complete 10-week cancer research projects (Navajo-Hopi Observer, Aug. 6, 2013)

Read about the efforts of NACP students from NAU in an article from the NAU website:  A Healthier Tomorrow

The Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention (NACP) is a collaboration between Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona Cancer Center, funded through the National Cancer Institute.

The mission is to alleviate the unequal burden of cancer among Native Americans of the Southwest through research, training and community outreach programs in collaboration with the communities we serve.

Guidelines for Submission of Pilot or Full Proposals

The Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention (NACP) hereby notifies investigators that funding is available for cancer prevention-related research projects to explore the causes of the unequal burden of cancer borne by Native American Communities. For more information, please go to our Research Projects page. To see an example of a successful pilot proposal, please click here.

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NACP is a Comprehensive Minority Institution/Cancer Center Partnership (U54) between Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona Cancer Center; all programs and projects are jointly developed and implemented at the two institutions.

Programs are designed to facilitate the entry of Native Americans into biomedical research and healthcare professions while engaging communities in research and training relevant to their needs. Research projects include laboratory, field-based and community-based participatory research. All programs involving communities originate in those communities and are developed and implemented in partnership with NACP students and faculty. 

Specific Aims  

  1. Continue to increase the competitive stance of cancer research and training at Northern Arizona University by adding new cancer researchers and by continuing strong faculty development programs for all junior faculty.
     
  2. Develop programs that facilitate the successful transition of Native American students into the universities and that enhance the retention and graduation of Native American undergraduates in biomedical sciences.
  3. Develop sustainable community education programs and research for cancer prevention that meet the unique needs of the Hopi Tribe and the Navajo and Tohono O’odham Nations.

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Significance
The NACP provides a unique and valuable opportunity for collaboration, encouragement, and implementation of training programs for Native American students entering graduate research, as well as to increase community cancer prevention activities cancer control training for health professionals.

Innovation
A totally integrated approach such as this would not be possible without this program.

Approach
Cancer research projects that address the needs of the Native American Communities and that build research capacity at NAU are solicited through a request for applications each year and are selected based on the their relevance to Native American cancer health concerns.

The current focus is on the role of Native American dietary habits and agricultural practices on the progression and response to treatment of cancers, the influence of environmental toxins present on Native lands on cancer incidence, and the effect that cultural difference between Native Americans and medical care providers may have on cancer-related health care.

The goal of the training program is to increase the number of Native American students entering careers in cancer research and healthcare. Programs will be implemented to increase the numbers of entering Freshmen and tribal and community colleges in our programs, and an undergraduate training program will be implemented to prepare students to enter graduate research and professional programs.

The goal of the outreach program is to strengthen collaboration between NAU and UACC/UA with the Hopi, Navajo and Tohono O’odham tribal communities to increase community cancer prevention activities and cancer control training for health professionals that will result in increases in the numbers of Native Americans who receive cancer screening.