Calling All Who Support Cancer Patients!
The Cancer Patient Support and Navigation Survey will help us understand what services and supports are currently provided, at various institutions across DC, to help people with abnormal cancer screenings or diagnosed with cancer manage and navigate treatment and care resources. In this survey we refer to this as “navigation services.” People providing navigation services may have different titles including but not limited to nurse navigators, patient navigators, care coordinators, referral coordinators, community health workers, social workers, and patient or medical advocates.
If you are a person who helps guide patients through the healthcare system, including helping patients make various appointments; communicate with their providers, insurance companies, employers, or lawyers; or helping them with finding financial, legal, or social support
Please click the button below to complete the survey
Roadmap to Change
Strengthen and expand the patient navigation infrastructure
Address misogynoir in healthcare
Increase education and awareness of the role of patient navigation in care
Cancer Patient Bill of Rights for Black women East of the River and annual assessment. The Bill of Rights will include measures for accountability, including regular assessments of cancer clinics, primary care centers, and hospitals that serve Black women in Wards 7 & 8 to ensure that healthcare settings and/or systems are honoring Black women East of the River.
“Best practices” position statement on dismantling misogynoir. A position statement will center the humanization of Black women while advocating for increases in Black healthcare providers and training to eliminate anti-Black racism across the healthcare system.
Cancer navigation landscape analysis. We will map the current cancer navigation continuum; outline various roles and settings in which navigation takes place; understand what types of navigation services are being provided; and where and when they are provided with the goal of improving their quality and efficiency.
Augment cancer patient navigation system. We seek to increase the number of patient navigators available to Black women in Wards 7 & 8, as well as augment the breadth and depth of services by creating a patient navigation coordinating body. The patient navigator network will provide an infrastructure to better facilitate the transfer of patients between primary care and specialty care, ongoing training and information sharing for patient navigators, and better access to patient navigation resources.
Tiered approach to cancer patient navigation. We will develop guidelines for patient care that are tiered to meet the needs of Black women in Wards 7 & 8. A standardized assessment tool will be developed based on existing research and validated for Black women East of the River.
Sustainable funding and reimbursement for cancer patient navigation. We want to create and test a methodology that could establish sustainable funding for cancer patient navigation. This could be based on the Collaborative Approach to Public Good Investments model that utilizes funding from multiple sources.
Black residents experience cancer at a 54% higher rate than White residents