Community Outreach Program

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Principal Investigators 

Teshia Solomon, UACC Octaviana Trujillo, NAU

 

Program Objective

The Community Outreach Program of the Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention will partner with tribal communities using the Community-Based Participatory Research model to develop community education programs and research for primary and secondary cancer prevention that address needs and stages of readiness in three tribal communities: Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation and Tohono O’odham Nation.  The Community Outreach Program and Community-Based Participatory Research model will be guided by the following hypotheses:

  • A Native American tribal liaison between Native American communities and academic institution researchers will increase collaborative developments and implementation of evidence-based, culturally appropriate cancer prevention and control programs and research in the Hopi, Navajo and Tohono O’odham communities of Arizona.
  • A Native American Tribal community expert network, serving in the role of a community advisory board, will expedite the identification of cancer program and research priorities, program planning and evaluation, and the cultural adaptation of cancer prevention and control programs and research in the Hopi, Navajo, and Tohono O’odham communities of Arizona.
  • Education preparation for Native American tribal communities will help health workers in planning, conducting and evaluating cancer prevention programs and will result in an increased provision of culturally appropriate cancer education programs.
  • Delivery of evidence-based cancer prevention clinical education programs, designed for Indian Health Service Physicians, nurses and health education staff of the Hopi, Navajo and Tohono O’odham communities of Arizona will increase compliance with age-appropriate breast, cervix and colon cancer screening, and documentation of smoking cessation.

The community outreach program serves as a means for collaborating with tribal communities in establishing and conducting tribal community program and research priorities, and for providing evidence-based cancer prevention and control to tribal communities and clinical settings.

For more information on NACP's Outreach Program, please e-mail Laura Esham, Administrative Associate at:  eshaml@email.arizona.edu