The Native American Outreach Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) helps American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) individuals, their families, the AI/AN community, and the research community by providing cancer education, outreach, and other forms of support.
Services include the following:
- Education about cancer prevention, screening, and treatment specifically designed for AI/AN people
- AI/AN youth mentoring to encourage careers in oncology
- Individual, couples, family, and group cancer support and referral
- Genetic testing
- Patient advocacy
- Grants and research for cancer education programs
- Reverse Capacity Building through training, education, and awareness of researchers, doctors, and organizations working with AI/AN communities
One major goal of HCI's Native American Outreach Program is to educate AI/AN people about cancer prevention, screening, and treatment options. The program provides information about cancer risk, warning signs, and screening through public health events, brochures, classes, and radio messages.
HCI's Native American Outreach Program mentors Native American students to promote careers in oncology. Efforts include offering middle and high school presentations about oncology careers and the CURE internship program.
HCI's Native American Outreach Program provides the following support services on request:
- Education and outreach programs in AI/AN communities
- Assistance in navigating the health care system
- Referrals to medical and support services
- Support to develop local cancer education services
- Educational materials for local groups
- Assistance in ensuring consideration of cultural beliefs and traditions
Certain forms of cancer occur at high rates in the AI/AN community. Genetic testing allows people to find out whether they are at higher risk for cancer and take action with screening and prevention.
HCI's Native American Outreach Program provides information and referrals for genetic testing on request.
HCI's Native American Outreach Program supports AI/AN patients in all aspects of cancer. Advocates can assist patients and their families with navigating the health care system and finding resources and support.
Grants and Research
HCI's Native American Outreach Program obtains grants and research money to benefit the AI/AN community with outreach, education, and student mentoring programs.
View a list of grants.
Reverse Capacity Building
Researchers, scientists, doctors, and organizations work to improve cancer education, screening, and care in AI/AN communities. HCI's Native American Outreach Program, through what is called reverse capacity building, helps these people and organizations become more effective in their efforts by providing training and education that improves their understanding of cultural awareness, tribal sovereignty, tribal resources and networks.