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2012 Symposium Summary and Feedback

Dr. Harold Freeman presenting at the 2012 symposium

The 2012 PPNN Symposium was held in Pittsburgh, PA on November 2, 2012.

Navigators from across thestate of Pennsylvania gathered to strengthening their skills and network with other professionals.

Selinza Mitchell engaging the audience.

We were lucky to welcome some amazing speakers to the stage. We got an in depth lesson about survivorship care in navigation from Sharon Gentry, RN, MSN; a heartfelt lesson in the Art of Exceptional Performance from Selinza Mitchell, CNS; and an inspiring lessonĀ  about the past, present and future of patient navigation from the renowned president and founder of the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute, Dr. Harold Freeman, M.D.

Dr. Kevin Carr introducing the panel.

After lunch a panel of professionals was featured that spoke about how they touch navigation in a variety of ways. The panel included Lou Ann Jeremko- Director of Statewide Cancer Programs with Adagio Health, Wayne Berger- VP of Operations Delivery for Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Diane McElwaine- Oncology Coordinator with the York Cancer Center, and Dr. Harold Freeman. The panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Kevin Carr, Senior Executive of Connected Health for Accenture. They spoke about their jobs functions and how they directly impact patient navigation, giving the group an opportunity to learn more about how the field of navigation continually expands into new areas.

Sharon Gentry after her presentation.

It was truly an amazing day saturated with information, support, and ideas for future directions of the Pa Patient Navigator Network.

For those of you that attended and filled out a survey, thanks for all of your feedback about the symposium! Your comments will help us move the network forward and prepare for our next symposium.

Based on your surveys, we learned that:

  • The symposium met your expectations. 100%- Agreed or strongly agreed
  • It raised your knowledge about navigation topics. 93%- Agreed or strongly agreed
  • You will be able to apply what you learned to your jobs- 100%- Agreed or strongly agreed
  • You would Recommend the symposium to others- 100%- Agreed or strongly agreed

You also shared some other navigation topics that you are interested in. Like:

  • Navigation tracking, documentation and measurement
  • How to address barriers to patient care
  • More details on models using lay navigators
  • Communication with other healthcare team members
  • Case studies of patients that have used navigation
  • Affordable care act and implications on navigation
  • New resources to use with patients
  • Metrics, standards and best practices

We will use this list to plan future educational opportunities and to highlight new resources for you.

Do you have any other topics to add to the list? We want to hear from you!

Everyone was happy to share their contact information to network with the group more regularly. We encourage you to reach out to other members for information and support in your navigation efforts throughout the year.

Click here to view a List of Members that Attended the Symposium.

Community-Based Navigation News

It is an exciting time of growth in the field of community-based patient navigation. Check out these links to learn more about what has been going on lately:

What do you think about these articles? Have you seen anything else interesting in the news about Patient Navigation? Share your comments and other news in the comment box below!

Happy Holidays!

From the PA Patient Navigator Network, I would like to wish you all a very happy holiday season!

The holidays can be an especially difficult time for patients and their caregivers. Here are some resources that your patients may find helpful.

Coping during the holidays

Cancer During the Holidays

For Caregivers: Coping with a Loved One’s Cancer During the Holidays- Podcast

Caregivers: How to Handle the Holidays

Healthy Holidays

Holiday Eating Tips If You’re in Cancer Treatment

Top Tips to Hold off Holiday Pounds

Five Secrets for a Festive and Cancer-Protective Holiday Table

Holiday Recipes from AICR’s Test Kitchen

What other resources have you found helpful? We’d love to know more about them!