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Patient navigation was developed to assist patients, families, and caregivers to overcome health care system barriers and facilitate access to quality medical care. Cancer patient navigators specifically support individuals from pre-diagnosis throughout their cancer journey. Cancer patient navigation takes on many different forms based on the needs of patients, caregivers, and the community.

Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia

Georgia is one of the first states in the country to form a statewide multi-disciplinary organization for Cancer Patient Navigators. This organization was formed in 2009 to connect people who guide individuals and their families throughout the cancer care continuum. Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia (CPNG) is comprised of individuals who serve people with all types of cancer, at all stages, in all types of settings, with a diversity of education and training, but one shared mission. The mission of CPNG is to connect, educate and share best practices among patient navigators in Georgia, as well as to successfully reduce barriers and increase access to services specifically related to cancer.

www.GACancerPatientNavigators.org has a “members only” section where cancer patient navigators across the state can share information and resources and join special interest groups within CPNG. Co-sponsored by Georgia CORE and the Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology (GASCO), CPNG has more than 275 members, including nurses, social workers and lay navigators.

In 2011, Tom and Karen Chapman contributed a $250,000 gift to expand patient navigation efforts in Georgia. To date, the gift has funded Georgia’s 1st Statewide Integrative Oncology Conference, a Lay Navigation Train-the-Trainer pilot program, a Lay Navigation Training Module, and a research grant for navigation.

 

Reports

Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia

Poster:  Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia (CPNG) Advocate for Cancer Survivors
Alice S. Kerber, MN, APRN, ACNS-BC, AOCN, APNG, Angela K. Patterson, Karen M. Beard, CPC, CPHO, Matt Mumber, MD

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