Call for Abstracts deadline Friday, April 14, 2017

Call for Abstracts: 10th Annual Conference Changing Patterns of Cancer in Native Communities: Strength through Tradition and Science

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS:  Friday, April 14, 2017


Strength through Tradition and Science, builds upon our nine previous “Changing Cancer Patterns in Native Communities,” National Conferences and will be held September 21-24, 2017 in Niagra Falls, New York.  All who work with American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) community-based health promotion and disease prevention are welcome to join us.  Our purpose is (1) to provide a forum for community leaders and members, students, researchers, clinicians, service providers, and others to address critical cancer and other chronic health issues, along with health promotion efforts, among Native People; (2) to present updates on comprehensive cancer control plans in Native communities; (3) to review advances in Native cancer research to determine future research priorities and explore the science of translational research; (4) to highlight effective cancer control activities and programs in Native communities; (5) to highlight the strengths of Native traditions in promoting comprehensive cancer prevention and control; and (6) to publish selected papers presented at the conference so that this information can reach a wider audience.

This event will be co-hosted by Mayo Clinic and Roswell Park Cancer Institute and led by co-directors:

  • Judith Solmon Kaur, MD, Medical Director for Native American Programs, Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Rodney Haring, PhD, MSW, Office of Cancer Health Disparities Research, Department of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, Roswell Park Cancer Institute


This conference provides a one-of-a-kind forum for American Indian/Alaska Native researchers, clinicians, and students – and others who have dedicated their careers to Native health – to share their expertise and research to tackle these pressing cancer control issues.  No others established mechanism exists specifically for American Indian/Alaska Native researchers, providers, and students to focus on health information specific to American Indian/Alaska Native people.

This conference will embrace a strong community prevention theme and will provide a unique opportunity to promote multidisciplinary discussions and collaborations.  Haudenosaunee community members are our hosts and have requested conference topics specific to their region since this is the first time a national cancer conference focused on American Indians and Alaska Natives will be held in the Northeast.  The conference will also feature intergenerational educational opportunities, with time budgeted for family activities, family-friendly lodging, a private room in the conference center for breastfeeding mothers/children, child care through the Seneca Early Learning Center, and elder care through the Seneca Office of Aging.

Expected outcomes of this conference include:  the dissemination of information regarding culturally acceptable cancer prevention and control interventions that are likely to reduce cancer incidence and mortality among Native peoples; publication of selected papers and presentations with recommendations for future cancer prevention and control projects and activities which will serve as reference material for Native health planners; and expansion of positive collaborative relationships between research organizations and Native communities.  The conference plans to provide travel scholarships for Native students and early stage investigators to further these goals.


The intended audience for this conference includes community members and leaders, cancer survivors/thrivers, advocates, researchers, health care providers, policy makers, and others working with Native populations.  Approximately 300 participants are expected to attend this conference.


  • Focus on community wellness for chronic disease prevention
  • Explore the continuum of care from prevention through treatment and quality of life care
  • Identify the current standards for screening for breast, colon, lung, cervical, and prostate cancer and any modifications that may be recommended in American Indian and Alaska Native communities
  • Recognize the unique needs of AI/AN survivors
  • Identify the essential elements for provision and palliative care with multidisciplinary team approach

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