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Patient Navigator
Outreach and Chronic Disease Prevention Demonstration

A demonstration program to improve health care outcomes for people with cancer and/or other chronic diseases by helping them make their way through the health care system.

HRSA funded six projects for the two-year demonstration, beginning in September 2008, to support non-medical health workers, especially in communities with significant health disparities and barriers to health services.

The workers, also known as patient navigators, help people learn about chronic disease, such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and asthma, then steer them into screening and treatment as needed.  In addition, navigators assist people in finding and using community services that will help them beat chronic disease for longer, healthier lives.

Demonstration Projects

Cancer Patient Navigator Program
San Fernando, California

  • $499,999 in FY 2008
  • Focus on breast, cervical and colorectal cancer
  • Serving Spanish-speaking Latino residents of Los Angeles county

Patient Navigator Project for At-Risk and High-Risk Diabetes Patients
Brooklyn, New York

  • $500,000 in FY 2008
  • Focus on diabetes and cardiovascular conditions
  • Serving adults and children in Southwest Brooklyn

Promoting Access To Healthcare Services
Hollywood, Florida

  • $299,167 in FY 2008
  • Focus on heart disease, diabetes and cancer (colorectal, prostate, breast and cervical)
  • Serving high-risk, uninsured Blacks and Hispanics in southern Broward County

Palmetto AccessNET
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

  • $466,963 in FY 2008
  • Focus on cardiovascular disease and diabetes
  • Serving minority populations with documented risk factors in five coastal counties

Chronic Disease Prevention & Management Patient Navigator Program
Brunswick, Georgia

  • $118,000 in FY 2008
  • Focus on diabetes and cardiovascular disease
  • Serving uninsured adults residing in Camden, Glynn and McIntosh counties in southeast Georgia

Transformacion Para Salud: Using Promotores to Improve Chronic Disease Management
Lubbock, Texas

  • $495,724 in FY 2008
  • Focus on cancer, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, asthma
  • Serving economically and medically vulnerable patients with the identified health conditions in Lubbock County

Page last updated: October 8, 2008

In the News

HRSA Awards $2.4 Million for Patient Navigator Demonstration press release (October 2, 2008)

Related Links

Community Health Workers National Workforce Study

Patient Navigator Research Program, National Cancer Institute

Health Disparities Collaboratives

Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, Institute of Medicine

Voices of a Broken System: Real People, Real Problems, President's Cancer Panel

Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21 st Century, National Academy Press

Comparing the National Economic Burden of Five Chronic Conditions, Health Affairs Exit Disclaimer