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Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute Completes First Trainings and Certifications
Date:4/23/2008

ntains every day to improve the lives of cancer patients," said Hildy Dillon, senior vice president, patient services for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). "The Institute's training staff are excellent and the patient navigators are inspirational. We are very fortunate to now have our chapter staff attending this training as we build our own program for blood cancer patients."

Patient navigation has been a cornerstone of the Ralph Lauren Center's success in providing cancer care services to the Harlem community.

"It's particularly meaningful that the Ralph Lauren Center's patient navigators are among the first to be certified, since that program has already proven what a difference patient navigation makes in saving lives," said Dr. Freeman. In addition to being the Institute's founder, Dr. Freeman is the founder and president of the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention.

Since the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute was established in June 2007 as a result of a generous $2.5 million grant received from the Amgen Foundation, 42 representatives from 12 organizations from around the U.S. have graduated from its training and certification program so that they can develop or expand patient navigation programs.

Background

Since Dr. Freeman initiated the concept of patient navigation, many organizations have implemented patient navigation programs. Much of the recent growth has been spurred by funding from government agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services' grant program to stimulate patient navigation programs targeting vulnerable populations throughout the country. The nonprofit and private sectors have also funded many patient navigation programs. Such programs vary in their approach to providing patient navigation. To date there are no widely applied standards for defining or measuring the effect of various forms of patient navigation. The Institute was established to help meet the gr
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