IMPROVING OUR COMMUNITY

Through Better Health

The mission of the National Native Network is to enhance the quality and performance of public health systems to reduce commercial tobacco-related illnesses and cancer disparities among American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

About The National Native Network »

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About The National Native Network

The National Native Network is a public health resource that serves to decrease commercial tobacco use and cancer health disparities among members of American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes across North America.

Tobacco

Traditional and commercial tobacco are different in the way that they are grown and used. Traditional tobacco is and has been used in sacred ways by American Indians for centuries. Its use differs by Tribe and some Tribes do not use traditional tobacco at all.

Traditional Vs. Commercial

Cancer

Behavioral risk factors associated with cancer are often much higher for the AI/AN population. These include smoking, being overweight, lack of physical activity, and poor diet. Lower cancer screening rates are documented for colon and breast cancer.

Cancer Prevention

Women's Wellness Women’s Wellness Summer 2017 Newsletter

Women’s Wellness Newsletter from Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc. Summer 2017 In this issue: Project Overview Screen Guidelines Traditional Teaching Cancer Prevention Recipe Radiation Exposure Events The general purpose of this newsletter is to bring awareness to the health of Native American Women in our communities. Funded by the Michigan Department of Health & Human […]

Youth Tobacco Use in Top-Grossing Movies — United States, 2010-2016

The Surgeon General has concluded that depictions of smoking in the movies causes young people to begin smoking.  The findings in this report show that despite previously reported declines in youth-rated movies that contained tobacco use during 2005-2010, progress in reducing tobacco incidents in youth-rated movies has stopped since 2010.  Although there were fewer top-grossing […]

Workshop Digital Storytelling Workshop to Promote Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition Successes

The American Cancer Society, through a cooperative agreement with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and in partnership with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, is offering a Digital Storytelling Workshop.  The course is designed to help you create a digital Comprehensive Cancer Control success story for a project or program that you have […]

Outdoors For exercise, nothing like the great outdoors

ORIGINAL ARTICLE BY Gretchen Reynolds of New York Times HERE Long walks can improve moods and reduce anxiety, but the benefits may be greatest if the walks take place outdoors rather than in a gym, according to a new study by researchers in Austria. And while the Alps may be a particularly fine place to […]

Secondhand Smoke Secondhand smoke exposure before birth may affect lungs into adulthood

ORIGINAL ARTICLE BY Catharine Paddock PhD of Medical News Today HERE Adult susceptibility to lung diseases may depend on prenatal exposure to secondhand smoke.  So suggest scientists who found that exposing pregnant mice to secondhand smoke caused changes in the lung function and structure of their offspring that lasted into adulthood. A report on the […]