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August 2009                                                                          

Georgia Cancer Patient Navigator Association 

 sponsored by 
Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology & Georgia Cancer Coalition                                                      
Patient Navigation Survey vertical 
Thanks to the more than 100 cancer patient navigators who participated in the survey.  You can read a report of the results here.


Link to resources mentioned at the Symposium:

Pfizer Toolkit: Patient Navigation in Cancer Care

Karen Beard 
GASCO Director  (770) 951-1018 
 Judy Stanton   
GCC Public Relations (404) 584-0527
Patient Navigation in cancer care refers to individualized assistance offered to patients, families and caregivers to help overcome health care system barriers and facilitate timely access to quality medical and psychosocial care, from pre-diagnosis through all phases of the cancer experience.
*According to C-Change - key cancer leaders from the government, business and nonprofit sectors.
Navigator News
Emily Beard, RN, ONC, Breast Care Navigator at Dekalb Medical was pictured with her mother, who is a breast cancer survivor, in the recent issue of Dekalb's Cancer Hopeline.  


Steering Committee To Lead in Formation of New Association
 PN Steering Committee
    Thanks to the following leaders in patient navigation in Georgia who have agreed to work together towards developing a unique statewide cancer patient navigation organization. Pictured from left to right:
  • Matthew Mumber, MD, President, GASCO
  • Gail McCray, MA, CHES, Community Health Educator, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Karen Beard, Director, GASCO
  • Rhonda L. Green, Sr. Project Coordinator, Navigator Community Cancer Screening, Southwest Georgia Cancer Coalition
  • Penny Daugherty, RN, MS, OCN, Director, Clnical Research, Southeastern Gynecologic Oncology
  • Tamara Stewart-Mason, MPH, CHES, Project Director, AVON Foundation Outreach Initiative, Winship Cancer Institute at Grady
  • Phillip N. Edge, Executive Director, Cancer Navigators in Rome
  • Suzanne T. West, RN-C, MSN, Nurse Manager, John B. Amos Cancer Center, Columbus Regional Medical Center
  • Angie Patterson, Vice President and COO, Georgia Cancer Coalition 
  •  not pictured is Monica Dean, Regional Director, Patient Resource Navigation, American Cancer Society, South Atlantic Division      
 Speaker Presentations Are Online 
    Nearly 100 cancer patient navigators attended a one-day conference in Atlanta on July 26 to learn about groundbreaking work in cancer patient navigation and work towards creating a GASCO Cancer Patient Navigator Organization in Georgia. If you were not able to attend, you can still view the speaker's powerpoint presentations below.   
Harold Freeman MD
Dr. Harold Freeman, founder of Patient Navigation movement, and President and Founder of the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care & Prevention in New York spoke about the history of patient navigation and diagrammed the patient navigation process.
                       Powerpoint Presentation
Caroline Huffman
Caroline Huffman, LCSW, MEd, Director of Patient Navigation Services at the Lance Armstrong Foundation presented LAF's plan to pilot a  model Patient Navigation program in  Austin, Texas, and gave practical advice about resources available for pateint navigators.    
                         Powerpoint Presentation
Drs. Gabram, Ariola and Angie Patterson
Dr. Sheryl Gabram-Mendola (left), Professor of Surgery, Emory/Winship Cancer Institute and
Director of the AVON Comprehensive Breast Center at Grady, and a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar, is  pictured with Angie Patterson, Vice President, Georgia Cancer Coalition; and fellow presenter Dr. Kimberly  Jacob Arriola, Primary Investigator, AVON Foundation Community Education and Outreach Initiative. Drs. Gabram and Arriola talked about the training of lay breast cancer navigators  at the Rollins School of Publich Health, Emory University, and their role in working with patients at Grady Memorial Hospital. 
                               Powerpoint Presentation
View Conference Photos
 To see photos from the 
Georgia Cancer Patient Navigator Symposium
On the website, click on the first album with that title. 
Matt Mumber  WELCOME
 Dr. Matt Mumber, President, GASCO
GASCO and the GCC are working together to form a unique statewide organization for cancer patient navigators. We invite you to be part of the process. Please let us know if you would like to serve on a committee or how you would like to be involved. Georgia's cancer patient navigators have told us they want opportunities for networking, sharing resources, and participating in continuing education. With your help,  Georgia can lead the way in recognizing, supporting, and promoting cancer patient navigation.
Educational Forums Address Pain Issue
     The Georgia Pain Initiative invites patients, caregivers and professionals to attend free educational forums around the state in recognition of Pain Awareness month in September. Topics include pain assessment and treatment; myths and misconceptions; pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments; and policies and laws that affect pain management.
    The mission of the Georgia Pain Initiative is to improve the quality of life for Georgia's children and adults affected by pain through education, advocacy, public policy, and the promotion of excellence in clinical practice.

    For program details:
Please FORWARD this message to your colleagues involved in Cancer Patient Navigation  in Georgia.
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