NAU receives $6.83 million grant to continue community-based Native American cancer prevention program

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Northern Arizona University has been awarded $6.83 million to continue its efforts in cancer research, training and outreach programs serving Native American communities for the next five years.

Since 2002, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC) have received funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to alleviate the unequal burden of cancer among Native Americans through the Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention (NACP).

NACP is one of 16 such partnerships funded by NCI, but it is the only one dedicated solely to the Native American population. The program’s unique mission is to work closely with Native American communities in the region to address their health concerns related to cancer. The program’s structure honors the culture of the Native American communities it serves, fosters culturally appropriate research capacity and builds cultural competency in the field of cancer research by increasing the number of Native American undergraduate and graduate students trained in cancer research, prevention, control and health care policy—effectively increasing the Native American biomedical workforce.

Over the past 17 years, NACP research projects have examined the presence of uranium on Navajo land and its potential to increase risks for cancer. Additional achievements resulting from collaboration include improved breast cancer screening rates among the Hopi people, the Navajo Nation’s second multi-year Cancer Health Report and physical activity intervention programs for cancer survivors. Five-year vision: Focus on research projects that engage Native American communities

Jani Ingram , NAU professor of chemistry and biochemistry and a member of the […]

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