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Patient Navigation Cancer Screening

The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan supports Michigan tribal communities in reducing structural barriers to breast and cervical cancer screenings, follow-up diagnostic services, and cancer treatment.


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Cancer Survivorship Resources


Cancer Journey Resource Guide

Designed by the Three Fires Cancer Consortium and the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, this Cancer Journey Resource Guide is a helpful tool that provides your patients with a directory of resources available in your community.  This is an editable/tailorable guide designed to be delivered to your cancer patients by a clinic or community health staff member who can review and offer the resources available within your community, and at the same time provide a staff member time to document any fears or barriers the patient may be encountering, and any support they need with their cancer diagnosis.

Many patients living in rural locations are not provided the navigation support offered in urban areas, and this toolkit can provide a connection back to community resources to mitigate issues such as financial barriers, and food insecurity, and provide personalized referrals to local resources (traditional healer, dietician, behavioral health, etc.) while on their cancer journey.

This link is a Canva template, that you can copy, rename, and tailor for your health system and tribal community.  If you have any questions or need support in tailoring this document for your community, please reach out to


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Health Risk Behaviors Among Native Americans in Michigan

This report presents estimates from both the 2017 Native American BRFS (NaBRFS) and the State of Michigan 2017 BRFSS (MiBRFS). When possible, comparison charts will be included to highlight health disparities.

The NaBRFS is one of the only sources of state-specific, population-based estimates of the prevalence of various health behaviors, medical conditions, and preventive health care practices among Native American Michigan adults. The survey findings can be used by Tribal agencies, public health agencies, academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and others to develop programs that promote the health of Native American Michigan citizens.

The results from the 2017 NaBRFS presented within this report have been weighted as described in the methods section and can be interpreted as prevalence estimates among the Michigan Native American adult population.

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Commercial & Traditional Tabacco

American Indian Commercial Tobacco Program (AICTP)

The American Indian Commercial Tobacco Program (AICTP) is LIVE and ready to use!

Call today to receive free, culturally-tailored help, including:

  • Up to 10 coaching calls per quit attempt with a dedicated Native coach.
  • 8 weeks of nicotine replacement therapy with combination medication as an option.
  • Focus on commercial tobacco use.
  • Open to men, women, and elders of all ages and tribal nations.
  • AICTP Website:
  • Download PDF Poster

For our future generations, call today! 


Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I call if I am pregnant?
A. Yes

Q. Can youth under 18 call the quitline?
A. Yes

Q. Can I call for help with smokeless tobacco?  
A. Yes

Learn more about commercial and traditional tobacco HERE

Tobacco Screening Policy

Commercial tobacco use is a well known problem among Native American communities in Michigan. To help address this issue the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan has worked to help address this problem in a number of ways including addressing tribal clinical policies.

Please see the following resources to learn more about efforts of work done at the clinical policy level in tribal sites in Michigan. These resources cover policy, signage, youth screening, using the CHANGE tool and communication campaigns.

Tobacco Screening Policy Resources

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National Native Network

We are a national network of Tribes, tribal organizations and health programs working to decrease commercial tobacco use and cancer health disparities among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) across the U.S. We offer technical assistance, culturally relevant resources, and a place to share up-to-date information and lessons learned, as part of a community of tribal and tribal-serving public health programs.

We strive to decrease cancer-related health disparities among AI/AN communities and promote the roles of traditional tobacco and other traditional medicines and ways of living, improving public health while protecting tribal sovereignty and resiliency.

The strength of our Network lays in partnerships between Tribes and tribal, national, state, and local organizations across Indian Country. The Network is intimately connected to the communities we serve and brings a wealth of knowledge of culturally based approaches for commercial tobacco and cancer prevention and control.

The National Native Network is jointly funded by the Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) and Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) under Cooperative Agreement # 1U58DP004979-01. The Network is administered by the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan and directed by a board composed of four partner tribal organizations:

Visit our website for full information, resources, and social media links. Email us at for any questions.

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