Indigenous Samoan Partnership to Initiate Research Excellence (INSPIRE)

INSPIRE is a five year federally funded program by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities to the American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition (ASCCC). INSPIRE- CRC Literacy aims to:

(1) establish capacity and resources essential to conduct scientific research in American Samoa, and

(2) assess CRC literacy in American Samoa, with emphasis on indigenous Samoan adults age 50+ years.

INSPIRE is to support a health research project that aims to increase colorectal cancer screening literacy among American Samoans.

INSPIRE Research Training Program:

This program combines the need to research health literacy and its impact on Colorectal Cancer screening. There are two phases in the INSPIRE program.

Phase 1 is training a research team in the basic fundamentals of research and specific areas of interest related to INSPIRE. Phase 2 is implementing the research program. Researchers will use the Short-Test of Functional Health Literacy in Adults (S-TOFHLA) to assess the community’s health literacy level, translation and adaptation, conducting focus groups and key informant interviews.

Wear Blue (United for a future free of colon cancer)

March is Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Awareness month. March 3rd of each year is designated as “Wear Blue”. The color is the national recognized blue star that represents the eternal memory of the people whose lives have been lost to the CRC and the shining hope for a future free of colon cancer.

INSPIRE Library (or archives)

Collection of primary material related to health literacy, colon cancer, research studies, surveys, video clips, photographs, books, public service announcements, newsletters and advertisements.

Community Outreach

Helping the people of American Samoa fight cancer! INSPIRE offers support to the community through educational training, participation, and volunteer services. Learn more about our Cancer Survivor Support Group.

From L-R: Dr. Kevin Cassel (INSPIRE Co-Investigator), Dr. Lana Kaopua (INSPIRE Co-Investigator), Dr. Angela Sy (INSPIRE Co-Investigator), Honorable Lemanu P. Mauga (Lt. Governor), Dr. Katherine Tong (INSPIRE Co-Investigator), and Dr. Victor Tofaeono (INSPIRE Co-Principal Investigator).  Not pictured: Mrs. Luana Yoshikawa-Scanlan (Co-Principal Investigator), Mr. Va’atausili Tofaeono (Program Director), and Mrs. Salote Aoelua-Fanene (Community Liaison).  



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