Pacific Cancer Programs

Pacific Islands-focused

In this section you will find information, resources and tools developed for, by and with Pacific Islanders.  The section begins with a brief description of a variety of organizations that work with Pacific Islanders and what their websites offer and other on-line resources. The second section focuses on relevant Pacific Islands-focused research tools available for improving health service delivery and health outcomes. The third section offers a resource of handouts in different Pacific Island languages on how to perform a breast self-exam as well as Understanding Cervical Cancer and Taking Steps to Prevention. The fourth and final section relates to quality assurance and improvement systems which fit with the local needs of the people on the Pacific.

1. On-Line Tools and Pacific Islands-focused Resources

Cancer Care in Low-Resource Areas: Cancer Prevention and Early Detection: Workshop Summary

Recognizing the challenges of providing cancer care in these settings, the National Cancer Policy Forum (NCPF) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine developed a workshop series examining cancer care in low-resource communities:
The first workshop focused on cancer prevention and early detection and was held on October 26 and 27, 2015, at the Academies in Washington, DC. The second workshop—planned for November 14 and 15, 2016, in Washington, DC—will focus on cancer treatment, palliative care, and survivorship care. The following is a summary of the first workshop, Cancer Care in Low-Resource Areas: Cancer Prevention and Early Detection, which featured invited presentations and panel discussions on topics including:

  • Global cancer trends and geographic disparities in cancer control and outcomes, the rising burden of cancer in low-resource areas, and the gap between what is known about cancer prevention and what is accessed by low-resource communities. An overview of sociocultural and political challenges to providing cancer prevention programs in low-resource areas.
  • Strategies for supporting effective cancer prevention and risk reduction, detection and diagnosis in low-resource settings, and lessons learned from applying those policies and programs to communities throughout the world.
  • Key gaps in the evidence base on ways to improve cancer outcomes for patients in low-resource populations, and how to address those gaps.

The document can be downloaded in a pdf format by clicking >HERE< (5MB pdf)

Catalogue of the Promising Practices which address the NCD's in the USAPI, 2014

The creators invite readers to peruse this catalogue and discover the approaches that organizations in the Pacific have taken to address the crisis of the NCDs in their communities.

A total of 308 culturally appropriate/sensitive promising practices have been included in the catalogue, such as: binge drinking; physical inactivity; tobacco use and unhealthy eating.

  • The document can be downloaded in a pdf format by clicking >HERE<
  • Asian and Pacific Islander Cancer Education Material: On this page you find links and resources for organizations that have a Pacific Islands-focus or provide materials and tools for Pacific Islanders. Visit the respective organizations website for up-to-date information. Please note that all materials remain copyrighted and the property of the contributors. Use the search tool below to find cancer information in Asian or Pacific Islander languages.

    Siteman Cancer Center: Cancer - Your Disease Risk: This interactive tool estimates your risk of cancer and provides personalized tips for prevention. Anyone can use it, but it's most accurate for people age 40 and over who have never had any type of cancer.

    Visuals Online from the National Cancer Institute: NCI Visuals Online contains images from the collections of the Office of Communications and Education and Office of Media Relations, National Cancer Institute. Contents include general biomedical and science-related images, cancer-specific scientific and patient care-related images, and portraits of directors and staff of the National Cancer Institute.

    The Curricula Organizer for Reproductive Health Education (CORE): CORE is managed by the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) and is a collaborative effort of many organizations working to improve the quality and quantity of reproductive health information included in health professions education. The Curricula Organizer for Reproductive Health Education (CORE) is a collection of peer-reviewed, evidence-based teaching materials.

    The Pacific Island Health Officers Association (PIHOA): is dedicated to the health and well-being of the Pacific Island populations. PIHOA serves as a unifying voice and credible authority on issues of regional public health significance. Execution of this charge is attained through collaborative and cooperative efforts in capacity building, advocacy and policy development, to provide medical care, promote healthy lifestyles, prevent disease and injury, and protect the environment.

    'Imi Hale - Native Hawaiian Cancer Network: A Community's Response to Cancer Prevention and Control. ‘Imi Hale is the "hale" (house) from which cancer research, education and awareness will be nurtured and developed through a concerted effort with community partners, and guided with the confidence that indigenous Hawaiians can reverse the negative effects of cancer and leave a powerful legacy and inheritance for future generations based on good health and well-being.

    Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (AANCART): AANCART is a cooperative agreement between the national Cancer Institute (NCI) and the University of California, Davis. AANCART seeks to build partnerships to increase cancer awareness for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, to promote greater accrual of these populations in clinical studies, to increase training opportunities and to develop pilot programs in four targeted regions: Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle. The overall mission of AANCART is to reduce cancer health disparities by conducting community-based participatory education, training, and research by, for, and with Asian Americans in Sacramento, CA (also serves as Headquarters); San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Seattle, WA; Honolulu, HI, and Boston, MA. The Network features the Asian and Pacific Islander Cancer Education Material (APICEM) Web portal, a catalog of information about cancer made possible in cooperation with the American Cancer Society. This tool provides links to participating Web sites that have Asian or Pacific Islander education materials on their Web sites.

    WINCART - Weaving an Islander Network for Cancer Awareness, Research, and Training: is dedicated to reducing disparities in cancer incidence and mortality among Pacific Islanders in Southern California. This network will address the cancer needs of Chamorro, Marshallese, Native Hawaiian, Samoan, Tongan, and other Pacific Islanders through community and research partnerships aimed at increasing capacity building to support community-based participatory education, research and training as well as improve access to, and utilization of, effective cancer prevention and control programs

    Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum: The mission of APIAHF is to enable Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to attain the highest possible level of health and well-being. It envisions a multicultural society where Asian American and Pacific Islander communities are included and represented in health, political, social and economic areas, and where there is social justice for all.

    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): AHRQ mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. Information from AHRQ's research helps people make more informed decisions and improve the quality of health care services.

    Kokua Mau - Hawai‘i Hospice and Palliative Care Organization: Kōkua Mau is the state’s hospice and palliative care organization. Kokua Mau is comprised of individual and organizational champions and supporters from hospitals, education, consumers, insurance, long term care and hospices. Our statewide non-profit organization strives to improve quality of life for people in Hawai‘i by promoting excellence in hospice, end-of-life care, palliative care and early advance care planning.

    2. Culturally-relevant Research Tools

    The Knowledge for Health Project (K4Health): The K4Health project is the new project funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) based on the former INFO Project at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Communication Programs. The mission at K4Health is to increase the use and dissemination of evidence-based, accurate and up-to-date information to improve health service delivery and health outcomes worldwide, particularly information about women’s reproductive health and related health services and programs. Using the K4Health platform, the project facilitates how this information is captured, synthesized, shared, adapted, and used in a variety of resource-limited settings and cultural contexts.

    Research-tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs) and Research Reviews: The Guide to Community Preventive Services evaluates the effectiveness of broad intervention categories through systematic research reviews. This site provides a consumer-reports-like list of programs that have been reviewed by a panel of topic experts in the field. Programs are rated on 16 criteria, for which six are reported, including dissemination capability; cultural appropriateness; age appropriateness; gender appropriateness; research integrity and intervention impact.
    Learn about the sponsors of Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T

    3. Pacific Language Materials

    Pacific Language Materials: To ensure this collection of Pacific Language Materials keeps growing, please send any materials you would like to see available to Pacificcancer.org. Pacific Cancer Programs, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, JABSOM, University of Hawaii can upload and share your translated materials with the larger community. Many Pacific Language materials are currently not available on-line. The materials presented here are produced by a variety of organization.

    This section needs active participation from our Pacific Partners!

    Breast Cancer:

    Shower Cards for Breast Self-Exam: Learn how to perform a breast self-exam to help screen for breast cancer.  ‘Imi Hale the Native Hawaiian Cancer Network’s has translated a series of shower cards for breast self-exam into a variety of Pacific languages.

    It is important to do Breast Self-Examination:

    • Created by Guam Communications Network. English/Chamorro. 2 pages (pdf 150KB)

    Samoan Breast self-exam (BSE): A tool that may help you learn what is normal for you.

    • Samoan text. Samoa Nurses Association (pdf 4.8MB)

    Cervical Cancer

    Cervical Cancer Prevention: Understanding Cervical Cancer and Taking Steps To Prevention
    Puipuia mai le kanesa o le 'auga o le fa'a'utama

    • Samoan National Nurses Association. Samoan/English. No date, 2 pages (pdf 850KB)

    4. USAPI Health Sector Leadership & Regional Initiatives

    The Pacific Island Health Officers Association (PIHOA) PIHOA is a non-profit regional member organization dedicated to the health and well-being of the populations of the US Affiliated Pacific Island jurisdictions and territories, specifically the three U.S. Flag Jurisdictions {the Territory of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), and Territory of American Samoa}, and the three Freely Associated States {the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), and the Republic of Palau (ROP)}. PIHOA members are the Ministers of Health and Secretaries of Health for each of the US Affiliated Pacific Islands. PIHOA provides leadership, a unifying voice and credible authority on shared health and health-related issues of regional public health significance and has identified 5 priority areas of work; 1) human resources for health, 2) quality assurance & quality improvement, 3) laboratory, 4) health data systems and 5) communications & connectivity among the member representatives, including associate members. The Pacific Cancer Programs, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Hawai’i have an on-going contractual relationship with PIHOA to support the regional initiatives and works closely with PIHOA at the policy level through the Cancer Council for the Pacific Islands.

    Publication of the ACOG Committee Opinion

    In September 2013, an expert panel on cervical cancer screening in the U.S. Territories and Pacific Island Jurisdictions met to explore screening strategies to improve the rates and efficacy of cervical cancer screening in the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. This Committee Opinion summarizes the recommendations of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists based on the deliberations and findings of the expert panel.

    This Committee Opinion resulted from the Expert Panel on Cervical Cancer Screening in the US Territories and Pacific Island Jurisdictions meeting in September, 2013. (link)

    Read the Commitee Opinion by clicking >HERE<

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    Funding Sources: PRCCR: #: 5U58DP000835 | Pacific CEED: #: 5U58DP000976 | RCCC: #: U55/CCU923887 

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