American Indian women cancer survivors’ experiences of community support in a context of historical oppression

Soonhee Roh, Catherine E. McKinley, Jessica L. Liddell, Yeon Shim Lee, Hee Yun Lee

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Abstract

This qualitative descriptive study examined the gap in knowledge on American Indian (AI) women cancer survivors’ perceptions of and experiences of AI community support. The sample included 43 AI women cancer survivors in the Northern Plains region. In total, 21% (n = 9) of participants perceived support from their AI community; 69% (n = 29) expressed some unmet needs; close to half of participants (43%, n = 18) indicated an absence of support. Historical oppression may have undermined the ability of communities to provide support to cancer survivors. Further investment in community infrastructure is warranted to reverse centuries of historical oppression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-279
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Community Practice
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2 2020

Keywords

  • American Indians or Native Americans
  • Cancer
  • community support
  • historical trauma and historical oppression
  • quality of life
  • women

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