Colorectal Cancer Screening Toolkit for Northwest Tribes

Our Center, in partnership with the NPAIHB Northwest Tribal Comprehensive Cancer Program (NTCCP) developed a draft AI/AN colorectal cancer screening toolkit to pilot in Northwest Tribal communities.

The project development was a team effort with NPAIHB/NTCCP staff, project interns, and the Portland Area IHS Medical Epidemiologist.  Staff obtained input from Tribal communities through key informant interviews with NW tribal members and providers and by conducting a focus group with tribal elders to gain insight into existing strategies and barriers to colorectal screening. NPAIHB’s history of toolkit development for other health related issues includes: diabetes screening toolkit, cancer 101, breastfeeding, injury prevention, and tribal tobacco policy development.

The vision of the toolkit is to provide necessary and important information to tribal communities about colorectal cancer prevention and screening. The toolkit highlights successful models in Tribal communities and clinics from our own NW Tribes and programs across the country. Through the development of successful screening programs, we aim to improve the health status, improve the quality of life and decrease CRC mortality for AI/AN people. We hope that this project provides Northwest Tribal communities with practical resources, tools and templates for developing CRC screening programs in their own communities.

The project is lead by Principal Investigator, Thomas Becker, MD, PhD, OHSU Professor and Chair, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, Medical Epidemiologist; Kerri Lopez, Director, NTCCP; Thomas Weiser, Portland Area IHS Medical Epidemiologist; Eric Vinson, NTCCP; Sienna Lopez and Breannon Babbel, Summer Student Interns.