Outreach to American Indians and Alaska Natives
Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is involved in several outreach, awareness and education activities throughout the American Indian and Alaska Native populations of North America.
The Native CIRCLE is a resource center providing cancer-related materials to health care professionals and lay people involved in the education, care and treatment of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
The Mayo-led American Indian/Alaska Native Leadership Initiative on Cancer Spirit of Eagles addresses cancer-related health needs of Native American peoples from across the North American Continent.
American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations have very high incidence rates for specific cancers and poor survival rates for most cancers. This AI/AN Leadership Initiative on Cancer addresses comprehensive tribal cancer control through partnerships with The Network for Cancer Control Research among AI/AN populations, tribes, multiple cancer centers, Cancer Information Services (CIS), and the American Cancer Society (ACS). This initiative will assist tribes to:
- Increase community awareness and understanding of cancer
- Provide training in cancer control research for AI/AN researchers
- Improve native community channels to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) so that research can be specifically focused on issues that affect native people