Walking Forward Mission Statement
Reducing cancer mortality among American Indians in the Northern Plains through:
- Patient Care and Service Excellence through culturally responsive Patient Navigation
- Cancer Education to empower communities and patients for self advocacy
- Access to state of the art cancer treatments
- Access to cancer clinical trials New knowledge and innovation
Walking Forward Program is committed to providing three equally valued and inter-related missions of patient care, education, and research among American Indian communities in western South Dakota. The successes of these missions are dependent on partnerships between Rapid City Regional Hospital and Tribal governments and our communities. We collaborate with leading researchers in cancer disparities and biology to strive for excellence, innovation, quality, and professionalism to accomplish our missions. Our goal is to provide an effective model for addressing cancer disparities in the American Indian population, and other medically under-served rural communities in the U.S.