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In May 2019, a landmark visit to the House of Hope on the Navajo Nation included Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, former Second Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden, and other tribal leaders and allies marked this effort as the first full-time cancer care center on an American Indian Reservation.
It garnered a national story from the Associated Press, front-page coverage in the Arizona Daily Sun and in Native American publications, and a story in Cancer Today, a magazine that reaches the oncology community, patients, and thought leaders.
The landmark achievement is symbol of successful collaboration between multiple organizations—starting with the facility that will provide this care. The Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. TCRHCC contracts with the federal government to provide health care to Navajo, Hopi, and San Juan Southern Paiute patients on the Navajo Nation.
The culturally-adapted cancer care center at TCRHCC will provide oncology services to the Navajo and Hopi people. In addition, the programming will include patient- and caregiver-support and navigation TCRHCC developed in partnership with CSC through generous funding from the Barbara Bradley Baekgaard Family Foundation.
The new center will fill a gap in cancer treatment that affects many American Indians, as the Indian Health Service provides primary medical care, but specialty care – including oncology – is beyond its mission.
Consequently, patients on the Navajo Nation—which is the size of West Virginia—must travel hundreds of miles from home to access cancer treatment and support services. Accessibility is an issue, as transportation costs of seeking off-reservation cancer care can be insurmountable barriers to treatment for American Indian patients who live in communities where unemployment rates are above 50% and household incomes are below the national poverty level.
Impact on Patients
To date, 159 patients have already received care at the TCRHCC.
The Arizona Republic captured one patient’s story that illustrates the impact this new center is already making:
Tribal members, many of them living hours away from cancer centers in urban areas, have a history of delayed diagnoses and untreated cancer.
"I don't drive much any more, so I would have had to get a relative to take me to Flagstaff for chemotherapy," said Michael D. Jackson, 71, a Navajo Nation member who is in treatment for colon cancer at the new clinic. "I need to go twice a week right now. It's very convenient."
Jackson, a retired social services worker, lives in Tuba City, about 78 miles north of Flagstaff — a roughly three-hour round trip. He was diagnosed in June and was one of the clinic's first patients.
Ways to Help
As always, we are here to answer any questions or speak with any friends or colleagues who may be interested.
Thank You to Our Donors
The Cancer Support Community is proud to recognize individual and corporate leaders who are providing essential support to our friends at the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation on the Navajo Nation. Our community is deeply grateful to these champions of patients for their loving and generous support. Thank you!
Sapphire ($1,000 - $2,499)
|Jill and Tom Durovsik
|Tan H. Gouw
Emerald ($500 - $999)
Crimson ($250 - $499)
|Shannon C Rosenblatt
Patron ($1 - $249)
|Traverse City Whiskey Company