Exciting NEW cancer and health education for American Indian and Alaska Native communities!
Let’s face it, we may not like to talk about it, but cancer affects all of us. Did you know that American Indians and Alaska Natives have the lowest survival rates among any population? But there’s something we can do about that. Education is the key to preventing cancer and helping survivors live better and longer lives.
The Circle Of Life (COL) is a teaching tool and website featuring holistic and positive health materials that are customizable for tribal communities. The COL Website is also interactive! There are many options available to you such as choosing the art you want to go on a factsheet (all by Native artists) to customize it for your community or developing and sharing your own digital story.
The COL is built upon common tribal values such as spirituality and respect for the natural world. The COL also builds on existing cancer education resources and tries to fill in gaps. The COL was developed by American Indian, Alaska Native, and other experts in collaboration with the American Cancer Society.
Education that’s by you… for you…. Use the Circle Of Life Website and educational resources for yourself to learn more about cancer and health, or use it to encourage others in your community to help them stay well.
One key feature of the Web site is this blog. As we begin to promote the COL Web site as a resource, we would like to hear your feedback. Please feel free to post any comments that you have about navigating the Web site or finding resources so that we can continue to improve. You can also use this opportunity to share your experiences using the COL resources in your community. You can also send us comments via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We want to acknowledge the contributions of Charlotte Hofer in helping us with this first blog post. Charlotte Hofer is a member of the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) and Public Relations Manager for the American Cancer Society in South Dakota. She writes a national column on health for Indian Country Today. To see a recent column, click here :