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

t received from the Amgen Foundation. The Institute provides patient navigation training and certification to individuals associated with organizations which may develop or expand patient navigation programs throughout the United States and across the world. The Institute offers the only certification program that exists in patient navigation training and is also creating the only national database for the collection, analysis and dissemination of information regarding best navigation practices. Patient navigation programs help cancer patients eliminate barriers to diagnosis and treatment, and are currently under review for application in other disease categories.

About The Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention

The Ralph Lauren Center was established in 2003 in the heart of Harlem, a community with one of the highest cancer mortality rates in the country. The Center is a unique joint-venture between Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and North General Hospital, offering state-of-the-art diagnostic services, outpatient treatment, counseling, and innovative community outreach strategies to reach the medically underserved in Harlem and surrounding communities. The Center has flourished under the guidance of Dr. Freeman, and its chief executive officer Harold Varmus, M.D., who is also president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and a Nobel Laureate recognized for his studies of the genetic basis of cancer. For more information about The Center visit http://www.ralphlaurencenter.org.

About the Amgen Foundation

The Amgen Foundation (http://www.amgen.com/citizenship/overview.html) seeks to advance science education; improve patient access to quality care; and strengthen the communities where Amgen staff members live and work. Since 1991, the Foundation has made more than $85 million in g
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