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The American Indian/Alaska Native Initiative on Cancer

Project Description

The focus of the new American Indian/Alaska Native Initiative on Cancer (also known as the Spirit of E.A.G.L.E.S. Community Networks Program, or SoE-CNP) at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine1 is to provide infrastructure to support increased community-based participatory research opportunities addressing culturally relevant education, training, and research. The project's long-term goal is to reduce cancer health disparities by maintaining and expanding tribal community networks and coalitions established by SoE as an infrastructure to support, expand, and evaluate tribal research on cancer prevention, control, treatment and quality of life.

Objectives include: (1) expanding SoE in the Southeast, Northeast, Northern Plains, and multitribal urban areas; (2) enhancing collaborations with the Cancer Information Service; (3) recruiting Natives for education, training, and research opportunities; (4) improving access to and utilization of culturally competent cancer interventions (from prevention to palliative care initiatives); and (5) developing, implementing, and evaluating a strategic plan for long-term maintenance and expansion of SoE-CNP studies and projects.

  1. The Mayo Clinic College of Medicine opened its doors in 1972. The college flourishes as an independent undergraduate medical education institution, using its patient-centered focus and strengths of the Clinic to educate aspiring physicians to serve society by assuming leadership roles in medical practice, education, and research.
Updated: 07/23/09