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Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia News 

February, 2011
Navigator Networking Survey  


Please fill out the survey you were sent on Cancer Patient Navigator

 Communications & Networking


We will share the results of the research with you!


To take the survey,

click here.

Issues with
Medicaid ? 


GASCO is working with  Medical Association of Georgia (MAG)

on legislative issues.


If your organization has "top priority" issues with Medicaid,

 email Karen Beard  

about them by clicking here.  

NCONN Conference presentations online 


For virtual lectures from NCONN's October 9 conference and other continuing education opportunities, click here.


Courses are FREE, but you must register to get continuing education credits.

Promotoras De Salud


Click here to see Venus Gines, founder of "Dia De La Mujer" (formerly of Atlanta) talking to CNN about the role of promotoras in increasing health screening in a multicultural community.

 Daniel P. Amos Lecture Series in Columbus, GA

"New Medical Strategies for the Treatment of Colon Cancer"
Dr. Aimery Gramont
Professor of Oncology
Hospital Saint-Antoine
Paris, France
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Cunningham Center for Leadership Development
Columbus State University
RSVP: 706-320-8665
For details, click here .
 Hamilton Jordan book cover
This courageous story of cancer survivorship is available free to Georgians.
Organizations can order copies, but  must provide a method to ship or pick-up.
Email Contact here.
CPNG Cancer Research Symposium poster 2008

 Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia is a new statewide membership organization for individuals of diverse backgrounds who navigate cancer patients across the continuum of care.  

CPNG is supported by GASCO and the Georgia Cancer Coalition
Join CPNG Today   
Thanks to the Georgia Society for Clinical Oncology, there is NO CHARGE to join the Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia in 2011! However, you MUST complete the application form here.

This offer is only available to Georgia residents working in cancer patient navigation.                 
GASCO Director  (770) 951-1018 
GCC Public Relations (404) 584-0527
2011 CPNG Leadership

Steering Committee Co-Chairs 

Deborah Kemp Deborah Kemp is an Adult Nurse Practitioner at the Nancy N. & J.C. Lewish Cancer and Research Pavilion in Savannah, an NCI designated Community Cancer Center Program.

 Gail McCray

Gail G. McCray is a faculty member at Morehouse School of Medicine, a Community Health Educator, and an avid supporter of Community Health Workers.


Committee Chairs


 Education:  Tamara Mason, Grady Hospital  and Kathleen Gamblin, Northside Hospital  




  Communications: Alice Kerber, St. Joseph's Hospital Atlanta     



 Advocacy:  Courtney Bugler, Young Survival Coalition and Patty Aiken, Memorial University Medical Center



 Community OutreachEsther Familia-Cabrera, Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership and Carolina Casares, American Cancer Society    

 CPNG Members-Only Website Coming Soon!     

       Look for an email in the next few days giving you your log in and password for the Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia Members-Only website. Here you will have the opportunity to check the directory for other navigators thorughout the state; join a special interest group; list a cancer patient navigation job; check presentations from  recent conferences; or find resources you need in your work.   Let us know your suggestions on how this tool can be most useful for you. Click here for the website.  

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2012 ACOS COC Standards To Address Patient Navigation & Cancer Survivorship Care Plans  


         The American College of Surgeon's Commission on Cancer is developing new Cancer Program Standards for accreditation, including new requirements for Patient Navigation. The proposed requirement, which will be effective January 1, 2012 (to be phased in by 2015) would require that "once during each three-year survey cycle, the Cancer Committee conducts an assessemnt and provides a patient navigation process to address barriers to care for the cancer patient. " Requirement details, documentation and compliance measurement can be found here.

      The Cancer Committee must also "develop and implement a process to disseminate a comprehensive care summary and follow-up plan to cancer patients completing cancer treatment," according to another new standard. This process must be monitored, evaluated, presented and documented. For details on proposed revisions to COC standards, click here.


CDC Cancer Prevention & Control Includes Navigation in Comprehensive Cancer Control


        Marcus Plescia CDC Cancer ControlMarcus Plescia, MD, MPH, Director, Divison of Cancer Prevention and Control for the CDC, recently addressed the Georgia Cancer Coalition Board of Trustees about "Emerging Issues in Cancer Prevention and Control."  In discussing the policies of grantees in cancer prevention, he indicated that strategies included:


-Support patient navigation

-Reduce Structural Barriers to Cancer Screening

-Implement Reminder Systems

-Interface with Health Systems

-Promote Cancer Treatment Summaries/Care Plans for Cancer Survivors

ACS to Train CHWs March 23-24 in Macon

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The American Cancer Society is seeking partnerships with Community Health Worker organizations to train CHWs to educate the public on breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings. The goal is for each CHW to educate 150 people and have at least 50 screened. ACS covers training expenses and offers financial incentives for involvement. For details, click here Contact Olga Lucia Jimenez for details; email here  or 404-949-6454.    


Dr. Mumber named to ASCO Editorial Board

     Matt Mumber Matthew P. Mumber, M.D., Past President of GASCO and the physician liaison to Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia, has been appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Oncology Practice published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). As such, he will review clinical research articles to determine if they merit publication and distribution.       
     ASCO is the world's leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. ASCO publishes the Journal of Clinical OncologyJournal of Oncology Practice and several other research-focused publications.
        Dr. Mumber was interviewed by the ASCO Post-Journal for an article about CPNG which should be published in March. 

Community Health Worker Text Published  


Foundations for CHWs bookFoundations for Community Health Workers by Tim. Berthold, Jennifer Miller, and Alma Avila-Esparza, is the first textbook on, by, and for community health workers (CHW), providing a foundation for this increasing workforce. The 22 chapters cover the changing world of the community health worker and core competencies for work with clients and with communities. "This is an essential contribution to the development of the CHW workforce," according to Gail McCray and Joyce D. K. Essien, MD, MBA who published a review of the book in Health Promotion Practice      


   Colorectal Cancer Screening Update 
  CDC logo To increase colorectal cancer screening, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has developed a model focusing on public education and outreach; provider education and training; systems change through partnerships; and patient support. For Georgia, the CDC grant was awarded to the Department of Community Health's (DCH) Division of Public Health (DPH). They have contracted with the Regional Cancer Coalitions of Georgia and the Georgia Cancer Coalition.

     GCC is charged with coordinating participation in Metro Atlanta and Northeast Georgia.  According to GCC Chief Financial Officer Alan Wills, four hospitals have been selected to kick-off the program: Dekalb Medical Center, Grady Hospital, Northeast Georgia Medical Center and Northside Hospital. Providers there will be trained in the evidence-based "Colorectal Cancer Screening Intervention Program" designed by Morehouse School of Medicine. Over the next few years, ten additional hospitals will be added.       


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