How can an Education Workshop Serve as an Intervention for American Indian Screening Participation

Linda Burhansstipanov, Lisa Harjo, Judith Salmon Kaur

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American Indians (AIs) continue to have elevated cancer incidence and mortality, and most have issues accessing cancer screening services. During 2013–2014, Mayo and its partners created Native Cancer 101 Module 10 “Prevention and Early Cancer Detection” education workshop. A community-based AI organization implemented nine of these workshops during 2014–2015 via diverse venues. Nearly all participants eligible for at least one type of cancer screening participated in a workshop and consented to follow-up within 3 to 6 months to determine if screenings had been completed or scheduled. Native Cancer 101 Module 10 workshops were conducted with 150 community members of whom 6 had recently completed cancer screening (n = 144). The workshops had a 25.20% increase in knowledge, and 97.1% of subjects responded that they would recommend the workshop to their friends and family. Most (136 of 144) submitted a consent form to be contacted 3 to 6 months following the workshop. Patient navigators reached 86 (63.2%) of the consented participants in the follow-up calls after the workshop, and 63 (46.3%) self-reported that they had completed at least one cancer screening test for which they were eligible. The single implementation of the workshop influenced community participants’ completion of cancer screening.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-222
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 15 2019


  • American Indian
  • Cancer education
  • Evaluation
  • Modules
  • Patient navigators

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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