The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board received a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide breast and cervical cancer screening, diagnostic, and treatment referral services within the 17 tribes and one service unit in a four state region including South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa. These funds will support increasing breast and cervical cancer screening rates in tribal communities.
American Indian (AI) women in the United States, especially in the Great Plains Area have a disproportionately high burden of breast and cervical cancer. Many of these cases can be avoided if AI women are provided routine screening tests. The Great Plains Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (GP-BCCEDP), Honor Every Woman, will assist AI women in the Great Plains Area to get screened for breast and cervical cancer, obtain diagnostic services related to such screening tests. Honor Every Woman seeks to reduce breast and cervical cancer morbidity and mortality and reduce disparities in breast and cervical cancer incidence among our AI women in the Great Plains Area. This will be accomplished through the implementation of evidence based interventions within our health systems, community clinical linkages, workplace and environmental approaches, data and surveillance, and program collaboration.
To learn more contact Kelley Le Beaux or Brenna Lanoue at (605) 721-1922 or (800) 745-3466.