The Screening for Life (SFL) Program is a part of the Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital (SSMH) in Utqiagvik, Alaska, and is responsible for the administration of cancer prevention and early detection initiatives. Due to our region’s substantial percentage of Alaska Native residents, remote location, and lack of medical facilities, our community’s demand for screening, prevention, and education services continue to rise. The SFL Program is in an exceptional position to continue providing underserved populations across the North Slope access to life-saving cancer screenings, funding for transportation and lodging, and patient education services.
Our focus is to emphasize the importance of cancer screenings and vaccinations, while promoting healthy lifestyle choices to aid in cancer prevention. Our primary objective is to reduce cancer morbidity and mortality in the target population through increased cancer detection, diagnosis, and referral to treatment services. By utilizing our outreach services and expanding our resources, we plan to increase our community’s awareness and engagement and to continue providing access to education and preventative screening services.