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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Funding Opportunity - The Patient-Centered Research Institute (PCORI) is seeking Letters of Intent (LOIs) for Tier A projects through their Pipeline to Proposal Awards Initiative.  This program supports the development of research ideas and proposals designed by partnerships of patients, caregivers, and other healthcare stakeholders.  The deadline for submitting a letter of intent is Thursday, April 20.  The purpose of the Pipeline to Proposal (P2P) Awards program is to help people form new collaborations with the goal of developing proposals for research with sound scientific rigor and robust patient engagement.  We are interested in research teams that include patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders, as well as researchers.  KEY INFORMATION:  1. Letter of Intent deadline: April 20, 2017, 2. Application deadline: June 30, 2017, 3. Funding announcement: Pipeline to Proposal Awards Tier A Pre-Engagement/Community Projects, 4. PCORI provides up to $50,000 over the project term, which can last up to 12 months, 5. More about the Pipeline to Proposal Awards Initiative.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY - Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative Funding - Deadline:  August 1, 2017, 2 p.m. PDT - The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is proud to announce the new competitive cooperative agreement Funding Opportunity Announcement!  The Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative seeks to reduce significant health disparities impacting racial and ethnic minorities and/or disadvantaged populations through implementing evidence-based strategies with the greatest potential for impact.  The program is intended to serve residents in communities disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic; childhood/adolescent obesity; and serious mental illness.  For more information read the full announcement.  Download the detailed funding opportunity description.  A technical assistance webinar is also available online.

CONFERENCE - 2017 CDC National Cancer Conference, Visualizing the Future through Prevention, Innovation, and Communication - August 14-16, 2017 - Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia, 4355 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30346 - The conference theme, "Visualizing the Future Through Prevention, innovation, and Communication," represents the opportunity for translating research into practice to improve public health.  A wide variety of local, state, territorial, federal, academic, national, and community-based cancer prevention and control programs will be represented, creating an excellent opportunity for you to meet partners from around the country.  LEARN MORE

SAVE THE DATE - CDC Conference - August 15-17, 2017 - 2017 National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media - Atlanta, Georgia - FULL DETAILS HERE.

Spirit of EAGLES National Conference "Changing Patterns of Cancer in Native Communities" - September 21 - 24, 2017 - Niagra Falls, NY - For more information regarding the conference, visit or contact Marcy Averill at

Tenth AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically UnderservedSeptember 25-28, 2017, Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia - The AACR Cancer Health Disparities conferences advance the understanding and, ultimately, help to eliminate the disparities in cancer that represent a major public health problem in our country. By promoting the exchange of novel ideas and information between a wide range of professionals from academia, industry, government, and the community, these conferences harness the potential and maximize the many opportunities for bringing research on health disparities from bench to bedside or community, and back again. The goals of these conferences have been to bring together scientists and other professionals working in a variety of disciplines to discuss the latest findings in the field and to stimulate the development of new research in cancer health disparities. Make plans now to join us for this exciting program. - Continuing Medical Education Activity AMA PRA Category 1  CreditsTM available