Loloma, Yá’át’ééh, Skugtash, Greetings
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.
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
- To train Native American
students for careers in cancer-related research and health care.
- To build cancer-related
research capacity at NAU.
- To alleviate disparities in
cancer in Native American communities.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.