Who are we?
NACR Overview and Native-Specific Resources

General information: Native American Cancer Research (NACR) is an American Indian operated, community-based 501(c)(3) (non-profit) organization. The mission is to reduce cancer incidence and increase survival among Native Americans. Our priority is to implement cancer research projects involving: prevention, health screening, education, training, control, treatment options, and support.

Research Principles: Because our research is community-based, there are specific stipulations we follow:

  1. The community must directly benefit (service or education intervention) from participating in the research project.
  2. The research project needs to address the communities' health priorities in a culturally respectful manner while fulfilling the funding agency(ies) research requirements.
  3. Members of the community "research team" must be included in leadership roles throughout the research project.
Resources Available: NACR provides Native-specific cancer education information and resources that address the continuum of cancer care (from prevention and early detection through end-of-life care.
  1. Curricula that have completed extensive intertribal testing for cultural and scientific appropriateness are available on our website as free downloads. These slides will still need tribal and geographic modifications to be culturally relevant to your local communities. We ask that you acknowledge NACR when you use our slides, but you do not need separate permission. Examples of online curricula are:
    1. "Get on the Path to Breast Health"
    2. "Get on the Path to Cervix Health"
    3. "Get on the Path to Colon Health"
    4. "Get on the Path to Lung Health"
    5. "Get on the Path to Prostate Health"
    6. "Clinical Trials Education for Native Americans "
    7. "Native American Palliative Care"
    8. "Native American Cancer Education for Survivors" (NACES) (the little tree on the left-hand side of the web page links to multiple information and resources for survivors

  2. Toll-free hotline. NACR staff provide support over a toll the phone to anyone in the US (1-800-537-8295) Monday through Friday 9-2:00 pm MOUNTAIN Time Zone.

  3. Trainings are implemented by NACR staff in Pine, CO; Denver, CO; in Native's local organizational settings; and in conjunction with ongoing meetings. Training topics include, but are not limited to:
    1. Starting and Maintaining a Local Native Cancer Survivors' Circle
    2. Creating Cancer Early Detection Through Treatment Native Community Navigator Programs
    3. Creating Effective Native American Cancer Outreach Materials and Strategies
    4. Family Members Providing Chronic or End-Of-Life Care to a Cancer Patient
    5. Developing Comprehensive Cancer Plans
    6. Translating Clinical Trials Information For Community Members
    7. Improving Provider Communication with Native Cancer Patients and their Family Members
    8. Improving Researchers' Skills to Implement Culturally Respectful Community-Based Participatory Research
    9. Creating the Next Generation of Native American Cancer Researchers

  4. Community Education Workshops are implemented by three NACR staff usually in the local Native community setting. An average of 18 native community workshops are implemented and evaluated each year. Topics are tailored for the community and evaluation is typically carried out by the use of an electronic audience response system. Topics include, but are not limited to:
    1. Easy-to-understand variation or excerpts of the topics listed above under "training" and "curricula"
    2. Genetic Education for "Native Americans"

  5. Public Speaking engagements are primarily implemented by three NACR staff and address a diverse range of topics.

  6. Survivors' Conferences are coordinated in partnership with Native Peoples' Circle of Hope. These conferences are intended for Native American cancer survivors and their loved ones.

  7. Publication and Grant Technical Assistance is provided by two NACR staff on topics as requested by the Native organization.
How to Obtain Resources. You may first review the materials on the website. You will need to modify the materials to be tribally and geographically relevant to your local Native community. When presentations, workshops or trainings are desired, please contact us via phone, email or fax.

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