Patient Navigation Training Program for Rural and Appalachian Populations

Save the Date Chattanooga Navigation Training  August 25, 2017

Patient Navigation Training Program for

Rural and Appalachian Populations

Appalachia is a culturally rich, diverse region. With a large part of the state of Tennessee considered part of Appalachia, a Patient Navigation Training Program focusing on issues contributing to cancer health disparities affecting rural, Appalachian residents can be a great advantage. Patient Navigation provides patient-centered, community-based strategies to successfully address challenges to cancer early detection and care.

The Prevention Research Center at the University of Kentucky, the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have partnered together for a project focused on Cancer Navigation in Appalachia. The purpose of the project is to bring culturally effective, community informed navigation to Appalachian communities and the goals are to:

  • Develop a competency-directed navigation curriculum that is based upon and respectful of the Appalachian culture and healthcare community,
  • Implement this curriculum by providing community based trainings to a diverse audience of individuals (non-clinical, clinical, administrators), programs and organizations providing navigation services and,
  • Integrate evidence-based process and outcome evaluation that incorporates community input and feedback as part of an ongoing and continuous improvement process.

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