Preliminary lessons learned from the native navigators and the cancer continuum (NNACC)

Linda Burhansstipanov, Linda U. Krebs, Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, Daniel G. Petereit, Noel L. Pingatore, Valerie Eschiti

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This community-based participatory research (CBPR) study was based on patient navigation (Navigator) among three original sites: Colorado, Michigan, and South Dakota. During 2010, the study added two sites: the Comanche Nation and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation (Oklahoma). The intervention includes 24-h of a Navigator-implemented cancer education program that addresses the full continuum of cancer care. The partners include agreements with up to two local Native American organizations each year, called Memorandum Native Organizations, who have strong relationships with local American Indians. Family fun events are used to initiate the series of workshops and to collect baseline data and also to wrap up and evaluate the series 3 months following the completion of the workshop series. Evaluation data are collected using an audience response system (ARS) and stored using an online evaluation program. Among the lessons learned to date are: the Institutional Review Board processes required both regional and national approvals and took more than 9 months. All of the workshop slides were missing some components and needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S57-S65
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - Apr 2012


  • American indian
  • Cancer
  • Native american
  • Navigator
  • Patient navigation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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