Patient navigation has been heralded as one of the top ten jobs of the next decade. It should come as no surprise, then, that so many people are interested in following this career path.
The most important role of a patient navigator is to assure that any patient with an abnormal finding receives timely diagnosis and treatment. The navigator works directly with the patient to help eliminate barriers to diagnosis and treatment.
Here’s what some Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute alumni have to say:
“As a patient navigator, I’ve had experiences with so many people who do not know where to begin when it comes to their healthcare, and to add to the fear and confusion are language barriers and lack of health insurance. Through our services and partnerships for free services and care, I am able to help make the appropriate arrangements for these individuals and help them get from point A to point B, a journey they would not be able to make on their own. Patient navigation is an invaluable service that is improving and making patient care a priority. You have no idea how good it makes me feel to help these people follow their path for the absolute best care they not only need, but deserve.”
–Marge Baldi, Lead Patient Navigator
Project Renewal’s Mobile Mammography Scan Van, New York City
What a patient navigator applicant had to say:
“They were looking for someone with more specific skills, and I began researching the job and how to be trained, because I am very interested in the field. I had a chronic disease myself that I navigated through over a several year process so have personal experience! I am excited to get more information on the program you offer! Thanks so much!”
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 50 million uninsured people in the U.S.
That means that almost 17 percent of the American population has no insurance coverage.
There are an additional 25 million people considered “underinsured.”
These people encounter significant barriers in trying to obtain quality and timely healthcare.
With the help of patient navigators, people who face challenges are better equipped to navigate their way through the health care system, and their chances of getting the proper care multiply exponentially.
Help make a difference in patients’ lives by supporting training programs for patient navigators.