Local Navigator Networks
With 1,479,350 people projected to be diagnosed with cancer this year, what is the chance that the majority will come in contact with a form of patient navigation? 50%? Or if narrowed to a nurse navigator, maybe 25%? At current, there is no way to calculate that number, but with more cancer programs initiating patient navigation programs, the vision is to increase their chance.
After the 2006 initiation of navigation networking in North Carolina, Mary Corey, a Pfizer representative, organized a second annual meeting in Wilmington, North Carolina, in the spring of 2007. Mollie Poletto, director of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), shared her vision of navigation from the Harold Freeman model.
The North Carolina Oncology Navigator Association (NCONA) held its first formal meeting in 2008. A steering committee composed of nurse navigators that had met informally since 2006, composed a purpose, goals, and four committees: Steering, Membership, Communication, and Education.
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