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Newsletters

From time to time the American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition (ASCCC) will electronically publish a newsletter detailing recent events involving the coalition, our members, partnerships and news.

 

These newsletters will appear on this page, below, as attachments. If you have any questions or a submission that you would like to see appear in our next newsletter, or if you would like to advertise in the next newsletter, please contact the Coalition at the e-mail below.

 Meeting Minutes

The ASCCC will electronically post minutes from all Coalition board, workgroup, and general meetings that occur. 

The minutes will appear on this page, below as attachments.  If you have any questions or changes to the mintues that you would like to appear, please contact the Coalition at the e-mail below.

Meeting Agendas

The ASCCC will electronically post agendas from all Coaliion board, workgroup, and general meetings that occur.

The agendas will apear on this page, below as attachments.  If you have any questions, please contact the Coalition at the e-mail below.

 PCEED Legacy Project

In January 2009, the American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition received Pacific CEED Legacy funding to explore the types of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) used for cancer care in general and specifically amongst women age 40 and older at risk for breast or cervical cancer in the Territory. The project’s formative research methods consisted of surveys and interviews. Sara Krosch, Health Communication Consultant and Project Coordinator, developed the instruments. Face validity checks were done with partners at the American Samoa Community Cancer Network and Comprehensive Cancer Control of American Samoa. The women’s survey and interview questions for cancer survivors and traditional Samoan healers were translated by Vaioge Tuitoelau, Project Assistant, with input from the American Samoa Community College Institute for Samoan Studies. All instruments received Institutional Review Board approval on island.

Self‐administered surveys were completed by 179 women age 40 and older, the main target population for breast and cervical cancer screening. Research has shown that access to health professional is a strong predictor for breast and cervical cancer screening (Abraido‐Lanza, et al., 2004; Mandelblatt, et al., 1999) so 47 health care providers employed at the LBJ Tropical Medical Center (LBJ) and the American Samoa Department of Health’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (BCCEDP) were surveyed. Interviews were done with 2 LBJ doctors, 2 BCCEDP staff, 4 cancer survivors (breast, cervical), and 2 family members of deceased cancer patients, and 3 traditional Samoan healers (Taulasea/Fofo) who have treated women with breast cancer.

The purpose of the formative research was to arrive at a better understanding of the types of healing methods available to and accessed by women age 40 and older in American Samoa; the mainstream medical community’s perceptions of traditional Samoan healing and other CAM; and traditional Samoan healers perceptions of cancer and the care they can provide to cancer patients. The results of this research will inform the development of a 5‐part radio serial drama that will be aired in American Samoa in May‐June, 2009.

This document reports the results of a preliminary literature review, surveys and interviews. Recommendations are given to guide the scripting of a 5‐part radio serial drama in order to depict realistic characters and scenarios, and model quality of life‐centered recommendations within American Samoa’s current healthcare context.

ASCCC Bylaws

In order to maintain transparency in some of the operations of the ASCCC, the current bylaws are always available for download and review at any time.  

 

E-mail: asccancercoalition@yahoo.com

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ASCCC NEWSLETTER Jan, 2007240.85 KB
Policy and Advocacy for NUT CPG Minutes 10/31/089.54 KB
ASCCC Bylaws 200962.58 KB