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Native Navigators and the Cancer Continuum

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Air date: Thursday, November 21, 2013, 2:00:00 PM
Time displayed is Eastern Time, Washington DC Local
Views: Total views: 99, (0 Live, 99 On-demand)
Category: Health Disparities
Runtime: 01:24:19
Description: NIH Health Disparities Seminar

Linda Burhansstipanov, MSPH, DrPH, (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) is Founder and Principal Investigator of the Native American Cancer Research Corporation, and President of the Native American Cancer Initiatives. She has worked in public health since 1971, primarily with Native American issues. She is a nationally recognized educator on cancer prevention, community-based participatory research, navigation programs, cultural competency, and evaluation. She developed and implemented the Native American Cancer Research Program at the National Cancer Institute from 1989-1993, and subsequently worked with the AMC Cancer Research Center in Denver for five years. She serves on multiple federal advisory boards for NIH and CDC. Dr. Burhansstipanov has over 125 peer-reviewed publications, of which most address Native American cancer, public health, genetic education, inequities and data issues.

Cancer among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) is becoming a growing concern. Although American Indians who live in the southwest region of the United States and Alaska Natives continue to experience low cancer incidence rates compared with whites, African Americans, Asians and other races, within the last few generations, cancer has become the leading cause of death for Alaska Native women, and the second leading cause of death among American Indian women. Within the last 30 years, cancer has become the third leading cause of death for American Indians and Alaska Natives of all ages and is the second leading cause of death among American Indians older than 45 years of age.

A variety of psychosocial and cultural barriers and beliefs impact American Indians and how they might perceive the issue of cancer in their lives. Healthcare professionals caring for a Native American with cancer and their family members need to be apprised of these issues, which may affect the rapport between the provider and patient.

This session will provide a brief overview of health equity versus equality; an excerpt of current American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) cancer and disparity data; a summary of how the burden of cancer impacts AI/AN patients, family and community; and an overview of the Native Navigators and the Cancer Continuum (NNACC) study and intervention.
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Author: Dr. Linda Burhansstipanov, Native American Cancer Research Corporation
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