The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), located in Seattle, Washington, is part of a dynamic collaboration among three organizations known nationally and internationally for their patient care and research: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Seattle Children's. Over the past 25 years, these institutions have worked together to support their mission of adult and pediatric oncology patient care services, research and education.
The Community Health Worker for Indigenous Populations (CHW-IP) will serve as part of a multi-disciplinary team to address the disproportionate burden of lung cancer among Northwest Indigenous communities and stopping commercial tobacco-use for the community at-large. Using culturally and linguistically appropriate methods, the CHW-IP will provide high-quality comprehensive outreach, navigation and advocacy services, focusing on efforts including health education/health literacy, health promotion, disease prevention and treatment access. They will facilitate effective communication between Indigenous patients, their Primary Care Providers, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) health care providers, hliil [from the Lushootseed language, haa-lee eel, meaning become well, heal] Program staff as appropriate, and local tribal community providers.
The CHW-IP will work with hliil Program members to address the prevention, cessation, health screening and treatment referral needs attendant to commercial tobacco use. The CHW-IP will identify and implement effective strategies, including community education, facilitation of commercial tobacco cessation efforts, and linkage to lung cancer screening services where appropriate. They will help create trusting relationships between families, providers and hliil Program staff, and work to increase self-efficacy among those Indigenous patients and families that are accessing and navigating the complex health care system.
The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance was incorporated in 1998 as a separate, jointly governed non-profit that included the cancer programs of three partners. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is a cancer treatment center that unites doctors from Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, University of Washington Medical Center, and Seattle Children’s. The purpose of this organization is to provide state-of the-art patient and family centered care; support the conduct of cancer clinical research and education; enhance access to improved cancer interventions; and advance the standard of cancer care regionally and beyond. The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Northwest, and according to the National Cancer Data Base, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance patients in general have better survival rates than patients treated at other cancer treatment centers.