The American Cancer Society's Circle Of Life (COL) was originally developed in 1991 growing out of a collobration of the Society with American Indian women in Oklahoma. The orginial program focused on increasing breast health awareness, and included a train the trainer model that was shared across the nation. Since then, the Circle Of Life has undergone two revisions, one in 2001 and another in 2008-2009. Currently, the COL addresses cancer information needs of American Indian communities across the cancer continuum by providing resources and training. Important cultural values such as the mind-body-spirit connection, storytelling, the importance elders-intergenerational connectivity, and visual communication are also interwoven throughout the materials. COL also recognizes the invaluable role that Community Health Representatives (CHRs) play, and aims to educate them about cancer via a train the trainer model. Communities implementing the COL have access to local support via our health system staff. Interested communities should reach out to their local primary care or health system staff person to request more information about the COL and training opportunities.
About Our Website
The Circle Of Life website houses most of the resources we share during our in person trainings including:
There are materials such as the COL editable powerpoint presentations that are not available via our website. If you would like to receive a presentation please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.