Mission: Eliminate the cancer burdens on american indian families through education, prevention, early detection, treatment and survivor support.
Programs: Tribal health equity (the): aicaf focuses on cancer prevention through tobacco abuse prevention, increasing physical activity and normalizing healthy eating. The engages tribal communities to plan for and achieve goals through community organizing, capacity building for action and innovation with an emphasis on culturally relevant evidence based strategies. The held 5 regional community conversations with 96 participants across mn to identify community health priorities to advance tribal health which resulted in the report: working toward health equity: critical conversations with american indians in minnesota. The traveled to 3 tribal nations to present the report and secure mous to establish future working partnerships between aicaf and these 3 tribes. The report was disseminated widely and is available on the aicaf website. Aicaf convened statewide partners in visioning for future work and focusing collaboration in health equity efforts. The also hosted a convening with 15 american indian elders on tobacco and culture. The began working with an initial tribal pilot site for establishing a coalition to work on advancing health equity in their community.
clinical cancer screening network: the ccsn partners with 6 american indian clinics across 5 states in the northern plains in this established clinical cancer screening network. The network engages clinic teams to develop a tailored approach to progressively improve colorectal cancer screening rates by providing clinical systems support, educational materials and tools for patients and clinical teams. This project has had on site visits and on-site educational workshops for clinic teams at all 6 sites. First workshop trained 24 clinic staff and had an increased knowledge on colorectal cancer on average from 3. 87 to 4. 27. Five clinics received colorectal cancer patient education brochures (150) developed specifically to distribute to american indian patients.
systems for tobacco addiction treatment (stat). This feasibility study aims to assess implemention of the us public health services guidelines for treating tobacco dependence in partnership with 3 tribal health systems in minnesota. Stat focuses on health care provider education and the provision of clinical systems tools to encourage and support clinic staff involvement in the treatment of tobacco dependence among all patients. The preliminary results indicate that this model is feasible to implement in american indian health systems. We expect to implement the full project in 7 clinics to measure patient outcomes.
additional aicaf program efforts span a variety of efforts focused on education and outreach for cancer prevention (healthy native foods, immunizations for cancer prevention, tribal tobacco policy), early detection (cancer screening navigation) and survivor support (pink shawls, powwow for hope, and survivor support). Aicaf is fostering partnerships and culturally appropriate strategies for raising awareness and educating american indians about a variety of related health issues and improving access to screening in a culturally-tailored way. Aicaf provides technical assistance and support in cancer program planning and evaluation in the areas of prevention, screening, and survivor support. Aicaf offers customized, participatory program evaluation support and expertise to cancer programs that focus on american indian populations. Aicaf provides evaluation services to plan, monitor, improve, and sustain quality comprehensive cancer services for american indians. Data, resources, materials and templates for use in participating communities are continually being developed and partnerships continue to grow.