The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) recently created a new addendum to the National Action Plan for Cancer Survivorship: Advancing Public Health Strategies focusing on the cancer needs of Native Americans.
A work group of national Native American leaders, worked to develop the survey, identify survey respondents, and summarize and disseminate the results. Members of the Native American community prioritized the needs and topics included in the original national action plan and provided comments on each topic area. The resulting addendum provides a framework for actively addressing the critical needs of Native American cancer survivors. Access to care and patient navigation were ranked as the top priorities for Native Americans, and culturally competent provider education was identified as another critical need.
The identified priorities will help state agencies and other organizations to increase awareness of the needs of Native American cancer survivors and to take direct and focused action to meet those needs.
In 2002, the CDC and the LAF led a public health effort to address the issues faced by the growing number of cancer survivors. Their collaboration, A National Action Plan for Cancer Survivorship: Advancing Public Health Strategies, charts a course for the public health community to more effectively and comprehensively address cancer survivorship with the goal of improving the quality of life for survivors.
To download the National Action Plan for Cancer Survivorship and the new addendum, visit www.livestrong.org/nationalactionplan .