The Pennsylvania Patient Navigator Network (PPNN) is a newly formed group of patient navigators from across Pennsylvania interested in learning more about patient navigation, best practices and issues from each other and outside experts. Almost 3 years ago, Fox Chase Cancer Center, located in Philadelphia, PA, held a Patient Navigator workshop in collaboration with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. Over 90 people attended this regional workshop. By the end of that workshop, the idea for a statewide Navigator group was born. Through these workshops, we learned that patient navigators were looking for additional resources in the field, connections to other patient navigators, continuing education for established programs, and best practices for new programs or institutions looking to begin a navigation program. In response to the stated needs of patient navigators across the state, the mission of the PPNN is to create a sustainable network of patient navigators for resource and information sharing and to build best practice approaches in patient navigation with the overall goal of reducing the burden of cancer in Pennsylvania.
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