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NPF Launches African American Initiative (AAI)



NPF Launches African American Initiative (AAI)

BETHESDA, MD – March 17, 2021 – The National Pancreas Foundation (NPF), a nonprofit organization that provides hope for those suffering from pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, announces the launch of the African American Initiative (AAI). Evidence shows that pancreas disease is more prevalent in the African American community throughout the United States than any other group.  African Americans have the highest incidence rate of pancreatic cancer in the United States – approximately 20% higher than other groups, according to the National Cancer Institute data.  Also, a recent study shows that African Americans are twice as likely to develop pancreatitis over the Caucasian population.

Although there are many pancreatic cancer risk factors, there is evidence that this disparity is more related to social and access issues rather than biology.  Not only is pancreatic cancer more common among African Americans, but African Americans are more often diagnosed with advanced, and therefore, inoperable cancer.

In partnership with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), NPF will provide early education on preventive measures with the following objectives in the African American community:

  • Educate the African American community (youth & adults) on preventive measures for pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis.
  • Empower individuals to become more engaged and become an active partner in their healthcare to prevent pancreas disease.
  • Encourage individuals to adjust to new behaviors and maintain lifestyle behaviors to reduce their risk factors for pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis.
  • Advance a collaborative approach between credible partnering organizations to reach a broader audience and to gain the trust of African Americans.
  • Increase awareness about clinical trials and encourage individuals to participate to diversify and represent the African American community.
  • Design engaging and interactive tools that are culturally relevant and resonate with the African American community.
  • Apply health literacy principles and illustrations in the educational resources to help individuals understand the importance of preventive measures for pancreas disease.

For additional information on the NPF AAI, please contact David Bakelman: EMAIL