The campaign in the Native American community
Native Americans have a high rate of colorectal cancer diagnoses and a higher rate of death compared to the average of all races in the state. That’s why OHA is partnering with the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) to help increase screening among Native Americans in the Portland Metro area and in the nine confederated tribes in Oregon.
Through a collaboration with NPAIHB on a toolkit being developed for Oregon Tribes, OHA is developing tools that will help Tribes communicate with their communities and increase the number of people getting tested. OHA will provide technical assistance to tribal organizations interested in implementing the campaign.
OHA has also developed collateral materials based on research with Oregonians, including Native Americans, and has adapted the materials to be culturally relevant.
During my first colonoscopy my doctor found several polyps and removed them without any complications. I’ve just recently had my second colonoscopy and received a clean bill of health. This is a simple procedure that provides early detection, and colorectal cancer is very treatable is found early.
People have misconceptions about having this procedure done. I’m telling my story to help normalize this procedure and motivate others to get screened.
Sue Flammang – Coos Bay