The purpose of this survey was to obtain information related to perceptions of American Indian residents of Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota regarding community health, their personal health, preventive health, and disease prevalence. The American Indian population was under-represented in previous health needs assessments conducted in the Fargo-Moorhead area (2013 and 2015). The current health needs assessment sought to obtain perceptions related to health needs specific to the American Indian population. The purpose of a health needs assessment is to promote health equity and access to health care and health coverage. Health needs assessments lacking accurate data from disparate populations makes community planning efforts applicable only to the larger community.
The “Honoring Traditions of Health and Wellness for Cancer Prevention” is a project that will use modules from the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Circle of Life (COL) curriculum with a policy approach to support access to healthy foods. This project has received funding from the North Dakota Comprehensive Cancer Control program to implement the COL with AI in the Fargo Moorhead Area through the Fargo Moorhead Native American Center (FMNAC); however, this funding does not cover all the supplies needed for the sewing circles or small media development. The NPCCCP funding will be used supplement the supplies, incentives, and the to develop digital stories on the 4 leading cancer deaths among AI/AN: 1) lung 2) colorectal 3) liver 4) breast. Cancer screening education is proven effective when using a multi-component approach, including small media and one-to-one education.
To see the presentation that was given at the ND Cancer Coalition Annual Meeting click here.
April's Story (To view click on April's story)
April is a Native American woman, who discusses her cancer journey, screening, and teaching her daughter about women's health screening.
Annette's Story (To view click on Annette's story)
Annette is a Native American woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her sisters tell her story.