National Native Network Advances efforts to Improve the Health of Native Americans

Sacramento, CA – The National Native Network (NNN), under the brand Keep It Sacred, held their annual meeting in Sacramento, California on November 17-18, 2015.  Representatives from American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) organizations across the U.S. along with government agencies met to discuss collaborative efforts to reduce commercial tobacco use and cancer health disparities […]

NCCRT 80% by 2018 National Achievement Awards Nominee Submissions

The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) is seeking submissions for the 2016 80% by 2018 National Achievement Awards.  This is a competitive recognition program that seeks to highlight success stories in the effort to regularly screen 80% of adults over 50 by 2018.  For more information click HERE.

Connecting Cultural Strategies to Policy Change in Indian Country

For those who have missed it, here is a link to the recording of the Connecting Cultural Strategies to Policy Change in Indian Country webinar HERE.

CDC information on Smoking Rates among AI/AN Women and Pregnant Women

The CDC has released information and resources on smoking rates among American Indian and Alaska Native women and pregnant women.  For more information, click HERE.

WEBINAR: A New Quitline Resource: American Indian Commercial Tobacco Program

Amy V. Lukowski, Psy. D., Clinical Director, National Jewish Health presents a webinar discussing the American Indian Commercial Tobacco Program quitline.

LGBT Best and Promising Practices Throughout the Cancer Continuum

Explore the best and promising practices, understanding cross-cutting issues, and filter the strategies throughout the stages of the cancer continuum. For more information, visit the LGBT HealthLink:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Matters for Women E-Newsletter Update

In the latest issue of the CDC Health Matters for Women E-Newsletter, they discuss how to improve American Indian and Alaskan Native Women’s Health.   For more information:

Save the cold turkey for Thanksgiving: Other ways available to quit smoking

American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest smoking rates in the U.S., but more than half of smokers want to quit.  This article from the Native Health News Alliance talks a bit about other ways available to Natives to help quit smoking.

Updates on how the CDC is Helping Meet the Needs of Cancer Survivors

Cancer is always a large topic of discussion for the AI/AN population.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published updates online on how they are helping to meet the needs of cancer survivors. Journal supplement: Information about the supplement and individual papers available on CDC website:  

Found too late: Cancer preys on rural Americans

Rural Americans and those Natives that live in rural America struggle to have access to health care.  Below is an article from on what Rural Americans face when it comes to getting the proper access to proper health care and cancer screenings. Found too late: Cancer preys on rural Americans

Upcoming Events

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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.

Reducing Breast Cancer Disparities at the State Level:  Successes and Lessons Learned from the ASTHO Breast Cancer Learning Community - August 8, 2017, 3-4:30 p.m. EDT - REGISTER HERE

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