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Indigenous Peoples Navigation Network (IPNN), a virtual support network

The purpose of the Indigenous Peoples Navigation Network (IPNN) is to provide a virtual support program to address culturally and geographically unique challenges and solutions of Indigenous Navigation programs.

Mission: We are happy to announce the creation of the Indigenous Peoples Navigation Network (IPNN) pronounced "I-pin". Yes, "LNN" stands for "local navigation network" and for Indigenous populations, we are considering "Mother Earth" as our local area. As of November 8, 2021, IPNN has 56 participants of whom the majority are from the US and Canada, but the membership in New Zealand and Australia continues to grow. Participants are lay, community (unlicensed) navigators, nurse navigators, social work navigators and community health workers who cross the clinical threshold to continue providing culturally respectful communication and care for their patients. Many work on prevention (tobacco, physical activity), some specifically on screening (breast, colon), some on survivorship programs and others address the full cancer continuum. Most are in small programs, and many are start-ups and have navigators who want to learn from others and not re-invent the wheel in effective and respectful ways to work with Indigenous peoples around the world. The greatest challenges we have are time zones and accessing Internet from rural regions of our respective countries. IPNN's initial webinar (i.e., virtual meeting) was held Tuesday, September 21 for US and Canada which was Wednesday, September 22nd for New Zealand and Australian participants. The second virtual meeting will be Monday, November 22nd US/Canada (which is Tuesday, November 23rd for New Zealand and Australia). We will have different people sharing information about their programs and others contributing information about resources that have assisted in their work and that were culturally respectful. The third webinar will be in January 2022, at a time most convenient to New Zealand and Australian Aboriginals.

Inquiring minds may want to ask, "Why an Indigenous Peoples Navigation Network?"

There are both cultural and geographic challenges and solutions that may be unique to Indigenous communities and the Patient Navigators who work in those areas. Many Navigators work in isolation. The focus of IPNN is on sharing stories of how navigation programs have overcome challenges in culturally respectful ways. Such stories may help PNs working in another region or continent try something new or modify what was done to be locally appropriate to one's setting.

Vision: The vision of the Indigenous Peoples Navigation Network (IPNN) is to provide a virtual support program to address culturally and geographically unique challenges and solutions of Indigenous Navigation programs.

Membership: Cancer Patient Navigators who work within Indigenous Programs in the USA, Pacific Islands, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. These are Indigenous people as well as non-Indigenous people who work or want to work respectfully with Indigenous cancer people and programs.

Navigator Network Leader:

Linda Burhansstipanov, MSPH, DrPH (aka: Linda Bee)
(Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)
Native American Cancer Research Corporation
3022 South Nova Road
Pine, CO  80470-7830
https://www.NatAmCancer.org
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