Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Mayo Clinic Cancer Center Unite for Spirit of EAGLES Conference Focused on Cancer in Native Communities

We get all these partners together in the same room, and there’s an incredible energy of healing and learning.

Two comprehensive cancer centers are uniting to bring researchers and the diverse community of indigenous North American populations together for an unprecedented exchange of ideas, information and cultural enrichment. Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center are jointly hosting the 10th annual Spirit of EAGLES: Changing Patterns of Cancer in Native Communities conference, to be held Sept. 21–24 in Niagara Falls, New York.

This special 10th national gathering, dedicated to the theme “Strength Through Tradition and Science,” will bring Native American and First Nations community members from across the continent together with advocates, researchers, clinical care providers and a variety of health service providers for a series of seminars, panel discussions and social/cultural gatherings all focused on opportunities to improve health, wellness and access to care for indigenous populations in North America. The name Spirit of EAGLES reflects the organization’s six areas of focus: survivors, education, advocacy, grants, leadership and scholarship.

“Spirit of EAGLES is a blend of traditional perspectives, culture and science, built from the idea that we can do the most good by listening to one another,” says event co-director Rodney Haring, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor of Oncology in the Office of Cancer Health Disparities Research at Roswell Park and an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation. “We get all these partners together in the same room, and there’s an incredible energy of healing and learning that I’ve never experienced in any other event or environment.”

“All who work with American Indian and Alaska Native community-based health promotion and disease prevention are welcome and encouraged to join us,” adds conference co-director Judith Salmon Kaur, MD, Medical Director for Native American Programs at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. “It’s important to create a forum for discussing how to address chronic health issues, where we have opportunities to promote health, wellness and prevention and how to best apply what we learn by translating our science to the…

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