The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, with an award from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, is launching an initiative to address cancer, starting by understanding gaps in screening, diagnosis and treatment of breast, colorectal and stomach cancers within the White Mountain Apache and Navajo communities. The Center is part of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The project will employ intensive community engagement to design ways to improve the continuum of cancer care in southwestern Native American reservation communities, some of the most rural, isolated and underserved areas of the United States.
Native Americans today have the lowest cancer survival rate of any U.S. racial group. The initiative addresses two of the most common cancers, breast and colorectal, for women and men, in addition to stomach cancers that affect Navajo people at higher rates than the U.S. population overall.
The new initiative will work with the White Mountain Apache Tribe and the Chinle community, in the center of the Navajo Nation, to learn how to support patients’ screening needs, inform patients and their families about cancer screening opportunities, help them navigate available services and improve the care and aftercare services they may receive. The initiative will mobilize integrated networks of local and regional stakeholders and cultural and technical experts to guide all aspects of the project.Friday Letter Submission