A focus on Native People cancer is the fundamental concern of Native People’s Circle of Hope. We have unique cultural medicinal practices, spiritual beliefs and legal structures. We rely upon our uniqueness when dealing with cancer. We also rely upon communal support.
Local chapters are the backbone of Native People’s Circle of Hope. NPCOH learned early on that for cancer survivors to feel that someone cared about them they needed to “see” the helper. Talking on the phone was okay, but the personal contact was so much more effective. Emailing and computer contact just did not provide the needed support.
The development of local groups of people who were willing to help cancer survivors is vital to NPCOH’s mission to help the cancer survivor, their family member and caregiver understand that they are not alone. While the focus is on Native American cancer issues, the membership in the local chapters is not limited to Native Americans.
In order to be a NPCOH recognized member a local chapter must:
Each chapter decides the following:
The benefits of being a NPCOH chapter are: