The "Spirit of Eagles" legacy

Judith Salmon Kaur, Mark Dignan, Linda Burhansstipanov, Paulette Baukol, Cynthia Claus

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American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) suffer from inordinate morbidity and mortality from various cancers. The Spirit of Eagles is a national Special Populations Network that has developed the community infrastructure to support culturally appropriate, long-range, comprehensive cancer control activities. Subcontracts were developed that involved major cancer centers, nonprofit organizations, policy boards, professional societies, and educators. Community-based cancer control grants were distributed through the Spirit of Eagles program. Community-based participatory research involved 38 communities in a broad range of cancer control activities. The key to long-range improvement in cancer morbidity and mortality in AI/AN communities lies in building infrastructure to support strong partnerships enabling community-based participatory research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1987-1994
Number of pages8
Issue number8 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Oct 15 2006


  • Clinical trials
  • Collaboration
  • Community health aides
  • Community health networks
  • Community outreach
  • Community participation
  • Native Americans
  • Prevention and control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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    Kaur, J. S., Dignan, M., Burhansstipanov, L., Baukol, P., & Claus, C. (2006). The "Spirit of Eagles" legacy. Cancer, 107(8 SUPPL.), 1987-1994.