As each of the local navigator networks (LNNs) is responding differently to this COVID-19 environment, many are turning to Zoom or other media-based applications to connect members. Fairfield County is holding Happy Hours – a way to check in on members as well as share resources for navigators and patients. As always, they host a varied representation of oncology navigation, including social work, RN, APRN, integrative services, financial navigation and management, including patient’s voice and community organization (American Cancer Society). In the business portion of their program, they covered items such as a local hospital survivorship virtual celebration, concern regarding the lack of transportation for patients, shared financial grants for patients facing COVID-19, and recapped on reopening their centers. An intriguing activity that created lots of laughter was Games & Prizes with “Secret Word,” “Truth or Dare,” and “Let’s Chill.” Winners received prizes of wine and Amazon e-gift cards. Please reach out to the creative LNN leaders and ask how they are holding successful virtual meetings from home!
Meanwhile, back in the office… In collaboration with The Lynx Group (TLG) Sales Team and Strategix, at the start of the year AONN+ began to develop speakers’ bureau–based educational webinars for its membership and the oncology healthcare community at large. Originally, the idea was to facilitate live dinner meetings through an AONN+ Speakers Bureau to support LNNs. COVID-19 came, and the in-person connection went away! But a virtual pilot launch was started this summer with the topics of oral oncolytics and financial toxicity. Both programs were successful with great information, but most importantly, the networking among members on local and national resources for both topics was enlightening! Attendees enjoyed the meeting from their homes or offices and were able to ask questions or use the chat bar to share insights and resources. This concept is still in the plan-do-study-act cycle, so stay tuned!