Spirit of EAGLES

Spirit of EAGLES, the American Indian and Alaska Native Leadership Initiative on Cancer, is directed by Judith S. Kaur, MD (Choctaw, Cherokee), Mayo Clinic-Rochester, and it is one of 23 Community Networks Program Centers funded through the National Cancer Institute's Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (1U54CA153605-01). 

Spirit of EAGLES (SOE) focuses on eliminating cancer disparities using a community-based participatory research approach.

SOE works in partnership with tribes and urban Indian communities, the Network for Cancer Control Research among American Indian / Alaska Native Populations, multiple cancer centers, the American Cancer Society and many others to address American Indian / Alaska Native (AIAN) cancer prevention and control needs, combine research with actions aimed at improving health outcomes and mentor new AIAN researchers in developing their own research projects.

UW Spirit of EAGLES

The University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center has been a leading partner and sub-contractor of SOE since the program's inception in 2000.  Working in a multi-state region (Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa), UW SOE acts to:

Strengthen existing partnerships with Native and non-Native organizations to reduce cancer burden and increase access to beneficial interventions among AIAN urban and rural communities.

Assess needs of AIAN communities and develop effective strategies, including engaged research projects, to help reduce the burden of cancer.

Conduct health promotion and educational activities to support behavioral change and to increase knowledge, the use of beneficial biomedical procedures, and participation in clinical trials.

Disseminate NCI-related information and research opportunities to help improve cancer control and reduce cancer burden.

For more information, please contact Rick Strickland, UW SOE Program Director, at 608-262-0072 or rastrickland@uwcarbone.wisc.edu.