Current UW Spirit of EAGLES Activities

Research Conducted with American Indian Communities

UW SOE supports the following research projects.

Smoking Cessation Studies, Menominee Nation

These studies test a new smoking cessation treatment tailored for American Indian smokers versus a standard treatment. The enhanced treatment is designed to be respectful of the sacred, traditional use of noncommercial tobacco (e.g., used in prayers, blessings and offerings) while helping American Indian smokers quit the use of commercial tobacco (i.e., cigarettes) that is harmful and addictive.

Principal Investigator, START ProjectStevens Smith, PhD, University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention

Principal Investigator, Pilot StudyLeah Arndt, PhD (Métis), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of Educational Psychology

Partners:  Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Menominee Tribal Clinic

Fighting Cancer in Wisconsin American Indian Communities

This study seeks to build the public health capacity of Wisconsin’s rural and urban American Indian communities and clinics to accurately target and culturally tailor specific cancer programs and services. 

Principal Investigator:  Frank Wilson, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Radiation Oncology

Co-Principal Investigator:  Elaine Drew PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Family and Community Medicine, Co-Principal Investigator

PartnersGreat Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center; Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa; Red Cliff Community Health Center; Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System, Division of Public Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services; Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program; Wisconsin Cancer Council

Healthy Children, Strong Families: American Indian Community Obesity Prevention

This study seeks to prevent and reduce obesity in American Indian children and their adult caregivers.  You can find more information here.

Principal Investigator:  Alexandra Adams, MD, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Family Medicine

Partners:  Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin; Blackfeet Nation (Montana); First Nations Community Health Source (New Mexico); Seneca Nation (New York); South Dakota Urban Indian Health; White Earth Nation (Minnesota)

Educational Activities

UW SOE is active in implementing the following eduational events and activities.

Share the Care:  Wisconsin American Indian Cancer Conference - Annual statewide event

Spirit of EAGLES National Cancer Conference:  Changing Patterns of Cancer in Native Communities

UW Indigenous Health and Wellness Day - Annual UW-Madison event which attracts American Indian pre-college students into the health sciences professions

Native Cancer 101: Biospecimens and Biobanking - Development of educational sessions using the Biospecimens and Biobanking module with American Indian community members and health staff

Cancer Clear and Simple:  Handy Handouts - Culturally adapted cancer Information handouts for American Indian audiences

CHDI Visiting Scholar Series - American Indian / Alaska Native scholars are invited to UW-Madison campus to present on topics related to cancer among American Indians, including biospecimens, genetics, and cancer therapies

Outreach Networks

UW SOE is active in the following regional and national networks.

Great Lakes Native American Research Center for Health

National Outreach Network (NCI)

Northern Plains Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

MN / WI American Indian Comprehensive Cancer Coalition / American Indian Cancer Foundation