Nursing Faculty Member Dr. Donna Grandbois has been selected to be a Hampton Faculty Fellow with the Spirit of Eagles American Indian Alaska Native Leadership Initiative on Cancer. The program is based at the Mayo Clinic under the direction of Judith Kaur, MD.
American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations have very high incidence rates for specific cancer sites and poor survival rates or most cancers. This AI/AN Leadership Initiative on Cancer addresses comprehensive tribal cancer control through partnerships with The Network for Cancer Control Research among AI/AN populations, tribes, multiple cancer centers, and non-profit organizations on health issues. This Initiative will assist tribes 1) to increase community awareness and understanding of cancer, 2) to provide training in cancer control research for AI/AN researchers, and 3) to improve native community channels to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) so that research can be specifically focused on issues that affect Native people.