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.
I get screened every five years for colorectal cancer because of my family history. When my brother had a polyp removed, he encouraged my siblings and I to get screened. At my last screening my doctor found a polyp, but since it was found early and was not cancerous I was able to have it removed without any complications. Immediately after, I reached out to my brothers and sister and shared my experience as another reminder to get screened.
Get screened regularly and encourage people you know to get screened too. Your story can save a life.
Peggy Madison – Roseburg