Southwest American Indian Collaborative Network
Project DescriptionThe Inter Tribal Council of Arizona1 established the Southwest American Indian Collaborative Network (SAICN) to eliminate cancer health disparities among American Indians. Core partners in the project represent both local and regional programs and activities. The SAICCN's objectives include: (1) developing a core organizational infrastructure to support community-based participatory activities and effective collaboration among communities, cancer prevention/care delivery systems, and research discovery and development systems; (2) strengthening existing partnerships and initiating new partnerships with communities and organizations; (3) expanding existing collaborations with the Cancer Information Service and establishing formal collaborations with additional NCI-supported programs; (4) increasing community utilization of beneficial cancer control interventions and educational activities; and (5) leveraging SAICCN activities by obtaining funding from various sources for community-based participatory activities. To accomplish these aims and provide direction, synergy, and coordination, four core services will be formed: administration, outreach, research, and training and education, each of which will include a community-based evaluation program.
- The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) was established in 1952 to provide a united voice for Indian tribes located in Arizona to address common issues of concern. The Council promotes Indian self-reliance through public policy development and by providing member tribes with the means for action on matters that affect them collectively and individually. ITCA has a staff of more than 50 professionals and paraprofessionals with responsibilities for programs totaling more than $15 million in operating budgets.