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

owing need and demand for training in patient navigation, as well as to ensure standards and best practices.

The purpose of patient navigation is to eliminate barriers to timely diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The most important role of patient navigation is to assure that any patient with a suspicious finding will receive timely diagnosis and treatment. The Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Model taught at the Institute addresses outreach efforts but focuses on the critical window between an initial cancer finding and the resolution of that finding through timely diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Freeman is an internationally recognized authority on the interrelationships between race, poverty and cancer. In 1990, Dr. Freeman initiated and developed the nation's first patient navigation program in Harlem to reduce disparities in access to diagnosis and treatment of cancer particularly among poor and uninsured people. He recognized there is a small but critical window of opportunity to save the lives of patients -- the window between the point of an initial positive finding of potential cancer and the resolution of that finding through further diagnosis and treatment. Patient navigators guide patients through the complexities of the health care system, removing barriers to early diagnosis and treatment. Based on this early experience, Dr. Freeman developed the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Model, the gold standard of Patient Navigation.

In 2005, President George W. Bush signed into law H.R. 1812, the "Patient Navigator Outreach and Chronic Disease Prevention Act of 2005," which authorizes appropriations through FY 2010 for the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a competitive grant program designed to help patients access health care services.

With the movement and support for Patient Navigation Programs among cancer centers, the time is ripe to meet the growing demand, as well as to ensure standards and best prac
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