This is an American Indian, community based, non-profit organization.
"Native Patient Navigator (NPN) Training"
Cancer care is fragmented, requiring cancer patients to receive services from multiple facilities as well as within diverse departments and centers of the cancer center. Patient Navigators provide continuity in the midst of such fragmentation. A Native Patient Navigator (NPN) is a trusted member of the local American Indian / Alaska Native (AI/AN) community who is trained to work directly with individuals to facilitate timely access to healthcare by eliminating or navigating barriers that may impede care. NPNs begin by providing outreach and education but continue providing support throughout the cancer continuum (outreach through end-of-life). Their work usually begins working with an individual in the community but continues as they cross the threshold of the clinic to work with the patient and other members of the healthcare team in the clinical setting. Although NPNs provide support and help throughout the cancer continuum, they do NOT provide medical advice.
Native American Cancer Research Corporation (NACR) initiated the first AI NPN program in 1994 and has been conducting NPN training since 1995. NACR conducts an average of four 2.5-day trainings each year.
These trainings are offered by Native American Cancer Research Corporation (NACR), 1-800-537-8295 or cell: 720-987-8944.
The duration of each training is 2.5 days for variable Native Patient Navigation topics.
Locations vary for each training.
The Registration fee is $575 per participant.
All participants need to support their own travel and lodging expenses.
Mail payments Native American Cancer Research Corporation (NACR), 3022 South Nova Road, Pine, CO 80470-7830.
Certificates for hours completed are mailed to participants within 2 weeks of completing the training.
Space is limited for a maximum of 18 participants each training (i.e., Registration closes once 18 people are registered). A waiting list will be maintained in case there are cancellations.
NOTE: If there are fewer than 10 registrants for any session, the training(s) may be cancelled.
SPRING: May 23-25, 2018. NOTE: The location will be at the Inter-tribal Council of Arizona in Phoenix, AZ.
The Spring Training is sponsored by Northern Arizona University (NAU), the University of Arizona (UA) and the Hopi Men's Health Project.
Day 1 (optional morning sessions). The morning (8 a.m. to 12:45 pm) is optional and will focus on an overview of cancer content and updates, ending with men's cancers.
Day 1 (1:45 pm through 5:00). The training officially begins in the afternoon. It will be an overview of Native Patient Navigation, how the roles change as patients are in different phases of the cancer continuum (outreach through end-of-life) and elevator speeches.
Day 2 (8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) will address the collaboration of the NPN with other members of the cancer healthcare team, NPN resources and case studies that require the NPN to access resources efficiently. Participants also will deliver their elevator speeches. NPN safety will be discussed with issues specifically relevant to working in rural tribal and urban settings. The content also will address how NPNs may assist the client identify personal goals. The latter portion of the day will be on Survivorship Care Plans, what they are, Internet resources, how they need to be modified for AI/ANs and how to use common tools and forms. The day will end with NACR's traditional yarn activity.
Day 3 (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) will be Basic Motivation Interviewing skills taught by Kathy Garrett in collaboration with the Patient Navigation Training Collaborative.
SUMMER: August 8-10, 2018. The location will be at the Holiday Inn Lakewood, Hampden and Wadsworth Boulevards, Denver, CO.
August 8 (1:00 p.m. - 5:00 pm): Evaluating and tracking NPN tasks and follow-up, evaluation do's and don'ts, implementing and interpreting assessment tools
August 9 (8 a.m. -5:00 pm): Individual and group presentation skills and evaluation
August 10th is Basic Motivational Interviewing (8 a.m. - 4 pm)
Motivational Interviewing is offered for August Denver training only on Friday. It is a separate training (additional 1 day) and is optional (based on requests).
FALL: November 7-9, 2018 Cancer Content / updates only
Screenable cancers (get on the Path curricula for breast, cervix, colon, lung and prostate)
Less common cancers, such as: adult leukemia, multiple myeloma, stomach, pancreatic, brain, endometrial, kidney, lymphoma
Linda Burhansstipanov, DrPH, MSPH
Founder, Native American Cancer Research Corporation
President, Native American Cancer Initiatives, Incorporated
3022 South Nova Road
Pine, CO 80470-7830
The attachments below list Patient Navigator competencies from different organizations / sources. None fit every Patient Navigation program's needs (i.e., no one size fits everyone)
and Patient Navigation programs need to select the competencies that are the best match for their local program.
Colorado community and clinical staff volunteer to create a list of competencies and identified examples of behaviors that relate to each competency. go to…
George Washington University is a nationally recognized leader on Patient Navigation. Their program description and competencies are in go to…
The University of Colorado coordinate the Patient Navigator Training Collaborative. Their description with sample behaviors are in go to…
Colorado Public Health and Environment has identified Patient Navigator Competencies with an introduction clarifying the document. These are in go to…
Click on the tree to go to the Native American Education for Survivors (NACES) pages.
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NACR Staff available for Fee for Service Consulting
NACR staff members are available this year to provide training, consultation, meeting facilitation, and other services on a fee for service basis. For more information, please contact NACR at Native American Cancer Research with questions about possible consulting services.
"Native Cancer 101 Module 4: The Role of Genes in Cancer" go to…
"Native Cancer 101 Module 8: Biospecimens and Biobanks" go to…
"Native Cancer 101 Module 9: Chronic Conditions and Cancer" go to…
"Native Cancer 101 Module 10 Preventing and Early Cancer Diagnosis (Screening)" go to… posted: 3·6·2015
The awardees for Priority Area 1 (tribal public health capacity building) are
Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Wisconsin) Journey Towards Wellness cancer prevention project
Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan (Michigan) Upper Peninsula Tribal Breast Health Coalition and Learning Collaborative
Kalispel Tribe of Indians (Washington) Tribal health system capacity building and quality-improvement projects to increase health system efficiency and streamline processes
Pascua Yaqui Tribe (Arizona) Identification, treatment, and prevention of hepatitis C among tribal members living in the New Pascua community
Toiyabe Indian Health Project (California) Diabetes primary prevention programs for American Indians in California
The awardee for Priority Area 2 (project evaluator) is
Native American Cancer Research Corporation (Colorado) Monitoring and evaluating for the five Priority Area 1 awardees
Funds will be used to strengthen and improve the infrastructure and performance of tribal public health agencies and tribal health systems through capacity building and quality improvement. We look forward to partnering with these six organizations as we continue to promote the health of American Indian and Alaska Native communities.