The Impact of COVID-19 on Advocacy Organizations

AONN+ Blog published on December 7, 2020 in Policy & Advocacy, COVID-19
Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, HON-ONN-CG
Editor-in-Chief, JONS; Co-Founder, AONN+; University Distinguished Service Professor of Breast Cancer, Professor of Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Co-Developer, Work Stride-Managing Cancer at Work, Johns Hopkins Healthcare Solutions

As oncology nurse and patient navigators, you are likely noticing the “go-to” organizations that you have relied on for years to support your patients are gone or have dramatically downsized. These organizations helped break down barriers by providing transportation, financial support, and all kinds of help for your patient. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these organizations’ fundraising events have been reduced to virtual capabilities. Events like Races for the Cure or Relay for Life have not been able to happen in person since March 2020. Without the donations these events bring, organizations are placed in a financial crisis that cannot be fixed in the short-term, and for some, even the long-term.

Oncology navigators like us need to get creative in providing resources to our patients that will enable them to still get the care and treatment they need.

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