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Native tribes, health organizations awarded funding for cancer prevention, control

The funding is part of President Biden’s “Cancer Moonshot” effort. (CDC.gov)

Eighteen Native organizations and tribes were among 86 recipients awarded a round of funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC announced June 8 first-year funding awards of $215 million in a 5-year, $1.1 billion investment geared toward three national programs to prevent and control cancer. The funding is part of President Biden’s “Cancer Moonshot” effort to reduce the death rate from cancer by at least 50% over the next 25 years and improve the experience of people impacted by cancer.

The recipients include state, local, tribal, and territorial public health organizations and academic institutions.

“This funding is an important part of our strategy to support communities in improving chronic disease outcomes among people experiencing health disparities and inequities,” Karen Hacker, director of CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, said in a statement. “Cancer prevention and control is an urgent public health issue, as cancer remains the second leading cause of death in the United States with more than 1,600 people dying of cancer every day. We can do more together to save lives and make this disease history.”

According to the CDC, the funding supports progress toward its goals that include reducing preventable cancers and improving health and wellness for cancer survivors. The funding will go through three national cancer programs: the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP), the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP) and the National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR).

The tribal NBCCEDP award recipients are the American Indian Cancer Foundation ($400,000), Arctic Slope Native Association Limited ($899,000), Cherokee Nation ($836,119), Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe ($809,804), Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board ($900,000), Hopi Tribe ($600,000), Kaw Nation of Oklahoma ($526,062), Native American Rehab. Assn. of the Northwest ($825,182), Navajo Nation ($1,061,000), South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency ($899,000), Southcentral Foundation ($1,400,000), Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium ($933,387) and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation ($983,740).

The tribal NCCCP award recipients are the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium ($352,711), American Indian Cancer Foundation ($334,950), California Rural Indian Health Board Inc. ($350,391), Cherokee Nation ($196,418), Fond du Lac Reservation ($342,085), Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board ($341,988), Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan ($300,000), Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Bd. ($335,580) and the South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency ($285,000)

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