Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board: Indian Leadership for Indian Health

NW Tribal Cancer Control Project



The mission of the Northwest Tribal Comprehensive Cancer Program is to envision and work toward cancer-free tribal communities by taking an integrated and coordinated approach to cancer control.  In collaboration with 43 Northwest tribes, the Northwest Tribal Cancer Control Project is implementing strategies that will reduce the cancer burden for American Indians and Alaskan Natives in the Northwest.

Goals of the Northwest Tribal Comprehensive Cancer Program:

  1. Facilitate a process for Northwest tribes to promote cancer risk reduction strategies.
  2. Provide information on the most current early detection, screening and treatment practices through education and resource materials.
  3. Provide education regarding quality of life for cancer patients, their families and caretakers.
  4. Coordinate and collaborate with local and national cancer organizations and individuals.
  5. Improve Indian-specific cancer control data.


  1. The Northwest Tribal Cancer Control Twenty Year Plan - Working Toward Cancer-free Tribal Communities
  2. The Northwest Tribal Cancer Coalition meets quarterly with tribal and other comprehensive cancer control partners to address:
    • Cancer prevention and control by building partnerships.
    • Provide a forum for networking and sharing new information on resources, screening, educational, clinical, and policy updates.
    • Empower Tribal communities that have the ability to influence public policy and effect change.
    • Provide National, regional, state and local cancer data, research, and evaluation tools for making decisions about cancer prevention and control.

  3. Provide technical assistance in tribal action plan development to help promote local activities in screening, prevention, and education activities in tribal communities.
  4. Provide cancer education training through a variety of venues including the Clinical Director’s Update, Cancer 101, Risky Business and coalition meetings.
  5. Provide resource information to tribal communities on cancer related issues.

Tribes Served:

The Northwest Tribal Comprehensive Cancer Program serves the 43 federally recognized tribes in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.


Project activities are funded by Cooperative Agreement No.U55.CCU021985-04 of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.