Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention (NACP)

The Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention (NACP) is a collaboration between Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona Cancer Center, funded through the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI)Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (PACHE) U54 mechanism.
The mission is to alleviate the unequal burden of cancer among Native Americans of the Southwest through research, training, and community outreach programs in collaboration with the communities we serve.
There are several primary Core components, including Research, Outreach and Education. Dr. Francine C. Gachupin is the UA Outreach Core lead.

Research Core

Cancer research projects that address the needs of the Native American communities and that build research capacity at NAU are solicited through a request for applications each year and are selected based on their relevance to Native American cancer health concerns. Current research projects focus on stomach cancer, cervical cancer, and breast cancer.

Education Core

Native Americans are the most underrepresented racial/ethnic group among physicians and scientists. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number one cause of death among Native Americans is cancer. This is in contrast to the majority population for which heart disease is the number one killer. Arizona has 21 federally recognized tribes and Native Americans back up 5% of the population.  Thus the state’s universities are ideally positioned to train a greater number of Native Americans for biomedical careers. It is anticipated that this can be an effective approach to addressing cancer health disparities in Native American communities.
The goal of the training program is to increase the number of Native American students entering careers in cancer research and healthcare. Programs will be implemented to increase the numbers of entering freshmen and tribal and community colleges in our programs, and an undergraduate training program will be implemented to prepare students to enter graduate research and professional programs.

Outreach Core

The specific aims are to:

  1. Increase University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC) and Northern Arizona University (NAU) researchers’ and students’ knowledge of Native Americans’ cancer burden, current cancer control programs, cancer-related needs, and health care systems to enhance institutional capacities to design sustainable, relevant cancer research and prevention programs.
  2. Enhance skills and competency of NACP-supported students and investigators regarding best research practices when engaging in research with tribal communities.
  3. Offer an innovative dissemination academy to students and investigators designed to augment their abilities to apply and translate NACP research results through enhanced health care services and community-based education activities.
  4. Contribute to the National Cancer Institute’s National Outreach Network (NON) and collaborate with NACP’s Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to develop, prioritize, implement, and evaluate requested cancer-related activities to benefit Native American communities.

The Outreach Core is sponsoring
Indigenous Cancer Prevention Webinar Series


HPV and Cervical Cancer: Current Research Findings in AIAN Women and CDC Recommendations
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Thursday April 9, 2020. 12:00 PM MST (ARIZONA)
Kristen Natonie, Graduate Student – University of Arizona


Quality of Life Among American Indian Cancer Survivors,
Survivorship Issues, NACES, & Recommendations for Interventions

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March 11, 2020 1:00 pm MST
Dr. Linda Burhansstipanov, MSPH, DrPH, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma

Cancer Among Alaska Natives

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February 12, 2020 12:00 pm MST
Sarah Nash, PhD, MPH, CPH

Cancer Trends in Indian Country

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November 25, 2019 1:00 pm MST
Dr. Jennifer Erdrich, Turtle Mountain Chippewa


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For information on the NACP, please contact:

Francine C. Gachupin, PhD, MPH  |  University of Arizona, Family & Community Medicine  | Associate Professor
655 N Alvernon Ste #228  |  PO Box 210491  | Tucson, AZ 85711-1823
520.621.5072  |
Jackie Slowtalker, MPH  |  University of Arizona, Family & Community Medicine  | Community Health Research Educator
655 N Alvernon Ste #228  |  PO Box 210491  | Tucson, AZ 85711-1823
520.621.5920 |