2 Native American Cancer Research
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This is an American Indian, community based, non-profit organization.

"Native Patient Navigator (NPN) Training"

Cancer care is fragmented, requiring cancer patients to receive services from multiple facilities as well as within diverse departments and centers of the cancer center. Patient Navigators provide continuity in the midst of such fragmentation. A Native Patient Navigator (NPN) is a trusted member of the local American Indian / Alaska Native (AI/AN) community who is trained to work directly with individuals to facilitate timely access to healthcare by eliminating or navigating barriers that may impede care. NPNs begin by providing outreach and education but continue providing support throughout the cancer continuum (outreach through end-of-life). Their work usually begins working with an individual in the community but continues as they cross the threshold of the clinic to work with the patient and other members of the healthcare team in the clinical setting. Although NPNs provide support and help throughout the cancer continuum, they do NOT provide medical advice. Native American Cancer Research Corporation (NACR) initiated the first AI NPN program in 1994 and has been conducting NPN training since 1995. NACR conducts an average of four 2.5-day trainings each year.

  • These trainings are offered by Native American Cancer Research Corporation (NACR), 1-800-537-8295 or cell: 720-987-8944.
  • The duration of each training is 2.5 days for variable Native Patient Navigation topics.
  • Locations vary for each training.
  • The Registration fee is $575 per participant.
  • All participants need to support their own travel and lodging expenses.
  • Email registration forms to LindaB@NatAmCancer.net and LisaH@NatAmCancer.org
  • Mail payments Native American Cancer Research Corporation (NACR), 3022 South Nova Road, Pine, CO 80470-7830.
  • Certificates for hours completed are mailed to participants within 2 weeks of completing the training.
  • Space is limited for a maximum of 18 participants each training (i.e., Registration closes once 18 people are registered). A waiting list will be maintained in case there are cancellations.
  • NOTE: If there are fewer than 10 registrants for any session, the training(s) may be cancelled.

The attachments below list Patient Navigator competencies from different organizations / sources. None fit every Patient Navigation program's needs (i.e., no one size fits everyone) and Patient Navigation programs need to select the competencies that are the best match for their local program.

  1. Colorado community and clinical staff volunteer to create a list of competencies and identified examples of behaviors that relate to each competency.      go to…
  2. George Washington University is a nationally recognized leader on Patient Navigation. Their program description and competencies are in      go to…
  3. The University of Colorado coordinate the Patient Navigator Training Collaborative. Their description with sample behaviors are in      go to…
  4. Colorado Public Health and Environment has identified Patient Navigator Competencies with an introduction clarifying the document. These are in      go to…

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NACR Staff available for Fee for Service Consulting
NACR staff members are available this year to provide training, consultation, meeting facilitation, and other services on a fee for service basis. For more information, please contact NACR at Native American Cancer Research with questions about possible consulting services.
    posted: 3·7·2014

"Native Cancer 101 Module 4: The Role of Genes in Cancer"     go to…
"Native Cancer 101 Module 8: Biospecimens and Biobanks"     go to…
"Native Cancer 101 Module 9: Chronic Conditions and Cancer"     go to…
"Native Cancer 101 Module 10 Preventing and Early Cancer Diagnosis (Screening)"     go to…

  posted: 3·6·2015

The awardees for Priority Area 1 (tribal public health capacity building) are

  • Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Wisconsin)
    Journey Towards Wellness cancer prevention project
  • Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan (Michigan)
    Upper Peninsula Tribal Breast Health Coalition and Learning Collaborative
  • Kalispel Tribe of Indians (Washington)
    Tribal health system capacity building and quality-improvement projects to increase health system efficiency and streamline processes
  • Pascua Yaqui Tribe (Arizona)
    Identification, treatment, and prevention of hepatitis C among tribal members living in the New Pascua community

  • Toiyabe Indian Health Project (California)
    Diabetes primary prevention programs for American Indians in California

The awardee for Priority Area 2 (project evaluator) is

  • Native American Cancer Research Corporation (Colorado)
    Monitoring and evaluating for the five Priority Area 1 awardees
Funds will be used to strengthen and improve the infrastructure and performance of tribal public health agencies and tribal health systems through capacity building and quality improvement. We look forward to partnering with these six organizations as we continue to promote the health of American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

  • Case Study: 2013 Comprehensive Cancer Programs
  •      go to… NACR's Mission:
    • Is to develop and test primary, secondary and tertiary interventions and influence the early adoption of prevention and control of cancer including:
      • risk reduction
      • screening (early detection)
      • education
      • training
      • control
      • treatment
      • support or study of cancer and cancer-related issues among Native Americans.

    • NACR does this through conducting and promoting research, education and training in those areas.
    • Thus, NACR's mission is to reduce cancer incidence and increase survival among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN).
    • How This Mission is Addressed
      • Conducting and promoting research, education and training in the cancer continuum
      • Partnering with other Native organizations locally, nationally, internationally (Mayo SoE, Mayo Native CIRCLE, DIHFS, DIFRC, ITCMI, GPTCHB, NPAIHB, RCRH, MCN, IC HOPE).
      • Partnering with non-Native organizations or institutions (Mayo Clinic, ACS).
    NACR Research Caveats:
    • The community must directly benefit from participating in community-based research ("benefit" includes some type of service or education intervention that is beyond taking part in a survey).

    • The research needs to address the community's health priorities in a culturally respectful manner, while at the same time address health research priorities of the funding agency.

    • Applied research in the community must be culturally respectful and invariably will include modifications that differ from academic theory.

    • Members of the community-based "team" need to be included in leadership roles in every step of the research project, including the planning phase through dissemination.

    Contact Information
    Native American Cancer Research Corporation
    P.O. Box 27494
    Denver, CO 80227
    Native American Cancer Research Corporation, Pine Office
    3022 South Nova Road
    Pine, CO 80470

    Phone: 303-838-9359

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