"National Native American Breast Cancer Survivors’ Network" is supported by the National Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (99-3091), the Department of Defense (DoD 98-225), and the California Community Foundation. The purposes of the Network are (1) to improve survival from breast cancer and the quality of life after diagnosis for Native American/First Nations breast cancer patients and their loved ones and (2) to develop a national database comprising accurate information from at least 500 Native American breast cancer survivors to enable analysis of both the patterns of disease (e.g., age at diagnosis) and patterns of care (e.g., ability to access state-of-the-art care).
"Genetic Education for Native Americans" (GENA) (NHGRI R25 HG01866) is supported by the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The primary goal of this three-year study is to provide culturally competent education about genetic research and genetic testing to Native American college and university students. The secondary goal is to increase the number of mentoring opportunities available to Native American students in genetic counseling, education, research and other science opportunities or careers.
"Increasing Mammography for Urban American Indian Women" (NCI R25 CA77665) is supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The primary goal of this four-year grant is to determine whether a culturally-relevant intervention will increase adherence (i.e., annual re- screening) to mammography screening guidelines among a population of urban American Indian women. This project is implemented in the greater Denver metropolitan area.
"Native American Cancer Survivor Support Circles" is supported by the California Community Foundation. The purpose of this project is to give direct support to Native American cancer patients by providing assistance accessing quality care, providing a telephone support program, and providing culturally relevant survivor resources. The network also provides informational, emotional, and spiritual support for the loved ones of cancer patients. The support circles comprise 12 sessions which typically meet once each week. Three 12-week sessions are held each year. Each session of the Circle includes spiritual openings and closing, art and craft work, cancer-specific topic, patient sharing, personal spiritual / emotional healing contracts, and of course, healthy foods. Cancer-related topics, include, but are not limited to: (A) Overview of Cancer among Native Americans and Personal Reactions to Diagnosis / Treatment; (B) Foods and Dietary Concerns while Undergoing Cancer Treatment; (C) Chemotherapy; (D) During Care (e.g., Managing Home and Family, Daily Care); (E) Economic Issues (e.g., Legal, money, insurance, employment); (F) Follow-up Care for long-lasting side effects from treatment; (G) Traditional Indian Medicine, Spirituality and Healing; (H) Hormonal Therapy; (I) Sexuality and Intimacy; (O) Outlook on Life; (P) Emotional Purging; (R) Radiation; (S) Surgery.
"Native Women’s Wellness through Awareness" is supported by the A.V. Hunter Trust Fund and provides culturally competent recruitment and follow-up of American Indian women for breast and cervical cancer screening, diagnostic, and follow-up care. NAWWA specifically focuses on women who are ineligible for the State breast and cervical cancer screening program (i.e., women who fall through the cracks).
"Colorado Cancer Women Initiative" is supported by the Colorado State Department of Health and is the State CDC-supported program for breast and cervical cancer screening. NACR collaborates with Denver Health Authority and Westwood Clinic for this project.