The Navajo Nation Breast & Cervical Cancer Prevention Program (NNBCCPP) operates under the Navajo Department of Health (NDOH). The Navajo Nation is a federally recognized tribe with a land base that spans 27,425 square miles with a population of 173,667 (2010 Census) and extends into three states (Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah). Health care services are regionalized into 8 services areas by the Indian Health Service. The NNBCCPP provides services and contracts cancer screening to 4 service units in Arizona and portions of 2 in New Mexico with a priority population of 12,153 (40-64 years old women) and 21,475 (21-64 year old women). There are field offices in Chinle, Fort Defiance, Kayenta, and Winslow, Arizona. The program extends cancer education to the entire Navajo Nation through direct intervention and partnerships. The program further expands mammography services through mobile contractor to serve the rural and remote health care facilities on Navajo.The NNBCCPP, established in 1996, works to improve the quality of life on the Navajo Nation through the prevention of breast and cervical cancers. To accomplish this the program provides education, screening, case management, and navigation services. These efforts are supported through complimentary partnership and collaborations with other NDOH Health Programs, State-level Cancer Program, and community organizations. It has resulted in screening rates for mammography increasing by 21% in the last 10 years while cervical screening have increased 11% in the last two years. The Navajo Nation Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention Program will continue to build upon its existing health care and partnership infrastructures to maximize collaboration and resources to directly engage low income, uninsured or underinsured women with evidence-based interventions to recruit them for quality cancer screening. Thereby increasing cancer screening rates to reduce late stage cancer diagnosis and cancer mor
tality on the Navajo Nation.