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The Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention (NACP) is the collaboration between The University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC), Northern Arizona University (NAU),  The National Institutes of Health (NIH), and The National Cancer Institute (NCI). The Partnership is funded under parallel grants, U54CA143924 (UACC) and U54CA143925 (NAU). Our success as a Partnership is dependent on collaboration, communication, and meeting the expectations of both our Community Advisory Committees and The National Cancer Institute.



The overall objective of The Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention is to alleviate the unequal burden of cancer among Native Americans of the Southwest through the Research, Training, and Outreach Cores. NACP programs and projects are jointly developed and implemented by NAU, UACC, and the Hopi, Navajo, and Tohono O’odham tribal communities. The programs are designed to facilitate the entry of Native Americans into biomedical research and health care professions while engaging communities in research and training relevant to their needs. The projects include laboratory, field-based, and community-based participatory research. All programs and research projects originate in the community in partnership with NACP students, staff, and faculty.

The goal of the Training Core is to increase the number of Native American students entering careers in cancer research and healthcare. Therefore, all research projects employ Native American student researchers. The Outreach Core of the partnership works to develop community education programs and to conduct research for primary and secondary cancer prevention in tribal communities.



  1. To train Native American students for careers in cancer-related research and health care.
  2. To build cancer-related research capacity at NAU.
  3. To alleviate disparities in cancer in Native American communities.



  1. To continue to increase the competitive stance of cancer research and training at NAU by adding new cancer researchers and by continuing strong faculty development programs for all junior faculty.
  2. To develop programs that facilitate the successful transition of Native American students into our programs and that enhance the retention and graduation of Native Americans undergraduates in biomedical sciences.
  3. To develop sustainable community education programs and research for cancer prevention that meet the unique needs of the Hopi, the Navajo and the Tohono O'odham Nations.