Project Descriptions

The American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) projects will change over time due to funding and priorities. For more information or ways to get involved, contact us at 612-314-4848.

Community Cancer Solutions

Community Cancer Conversations: convenes community stakeholders in conversations to identify local cancer priorities and solutions. Contact Amanda:

Evaluation Assistance for Tribal Cancer Programs: provides evaluation support for cancer programs to monitor, improve and sustain quality services for American Indian communities.

Pink Shawls Initiative: provides workshops and breast health educational resources that promote prevention, screening and survivorship in a culturally specific way. Contact Daanis:

Powwow for Hopeβ„’: Dancing for Life, Love & Hope: provides an opportunity for everyone to offer love and support to the cancer survivors and caregivers in the community, to honor loved ones who have battled cancer and to learn more about cancer prevention and resources. Contact Neely:

Cancer Prevention Projects

American Indian Cervical Cancer Screening Program: produces and shares culturally relevant resources to increase cervical cancer screening rates for American Indians across Minnesota. Activities also include mobilizing partners and engaging Minnesota American Indian health systems to participate in cervical cancer technical assistance programs. Contact Laura:

American Indian Oral Cancer Prevention Project: increases educational materials and training resources for the IHS, tribal and urban dental workforce to impact oral cancer screening and tobacco cessation services for dental patients. Contact Michelle:

American Indian Resources for Tribal Health Equity: supports partnerships with tribal nations in the development of policy, systems and environmental change strategies to promote health equity, cancer prevention and healthy norms within American Indian communities. Contact Melanie:

Healthy Native Foods Initiative: increases resources and networking on healthy eating and the role of traditional, indigenous foods in cancer prevention and wellness at home, school, work and at community events. Contact Melanie:

HPV Immunizations for Cancer Prevention: provides culturally tailored educational resources on the HPV vaccination for parents and healthcare providers. Contact Aicaf:   

iQuits (Clinical Systems Improvement for Smoking Cessation): supports interdepartmental quality improvement and training in partnership with IHS, tribal and urban clinics to integrate tobacco intervention into every clinic visit. Contact Delilah:

Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) Support: increases resources for developing and supporting culturally tailored PSE initiatives for tobacco control, healthy eating and active living in American Indian communities. Contact Melanie:

Quit Connections: increased smoking cessation resources via media, social media and within communities for increased supported quit attempts for American Indians. Contact Daanis:

Cancer Screening Projects

Cancer Screening Navigation Support for Tribal Health: provides strategies and resources for tribal community health programs to promote cancer screening with community members to overcome barriers and complete cancer screening. Contact Joy:

Clinical Cancer Screening Network: engages clinical teams to progressively improve colorectal cancer screening rates by providing clinical systems support, educational materials and tools for patients and clinical teams. Contact Anne:

Cancer Survivorship Projects

American Indian Cancer Support: provides tools for communities interested in starting a support group and provides telephone support and guidance to those dealing with cancer issues. Contact Joy: