Spirit of EAGLES is a national initiative to reduce cancer disparities among American Indians and Alaska Natives formed in 2000 under the leadership of Judith S. Kaur, MD (Choctaw, Cherokee), Mayo Clinic. The UW Carbone Cancer Center was a leading partner and sub-contractor of Spirit of EAGLES from the program’s inception. Though national Spirit of EAGLES funding ended in 2016, the Cancer Health Disparities Initiative continues to participate in the national Spirit of EAGLES network and work in a multi-state region to reduce American Indian cancer disparities with other funding support.
UW Spirit of EAGLES
UW SOE follows a community-based participatory approach, and works in partnership with tribes and urban Indian communities, multiple cancer centers, the American Cancer Society and many others to address American Indian / Alaska Native (AIAN) cancer prevention and control needs, combine research and action to improve health outcomes, and mentor new AIAN researchers and health professions students. UW SOE seeks 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.