Native American Cancer Research

This is an American Indian, community based, non-profit organization.

"NACR conducts an average of four Native Patient Navigator / Native Sisters Trainings each calendar year of which one is held in Denver in August. The others are held in locations supported by local tribal or urban Indian programs (e.g., Rosebud, Jacksonville). Trainings are tailored to the funderís preferences based on the list of topics and competencies they meet from the following link: 2017-11-10_NACR_NPN_Details.pdf"

The topics for the August training will be listed late spring. For the August Denver training:

  • This training is offered by: Native American Cancer Research Corporation (NACR), 1-800-537-8295 or cell: 720-987-8944
  • The duration of the training is 2 days for Native Patient Navigation topics. Motivational Interviewing is a separate training (additional 1 day) and is optional (based on requests). Cancer content also is a separate training (additional 2 days) and is optional (based on requests for specific cancer topics)
  • All participants need to support their own travel and lodging expenses. There are a limited number of partial travel scholarships for each training. Please request the partial scholarship when submitting the registration form
  • The Registration fee is $550 per participant
  • Email registration forms to LindaB@NatAmCancer.net or 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
Linda Burhansstipanov, DrPH, MSPH
(Cherokee Nation)
Founder, Native American Cancer Research Corporation
President, Native American Cancer Initiatives, Incorporated
3022 South Nova Road
Pine, CO 80470-7830
303-838-9359
LindaB@NatAmCancer.net
burhansstipanov@gmail.com
www.NatAmCancer.org


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…


Click on the tree to go to the
Native American Education
for Survivors (NACES) pages.



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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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