2016 Patient Navigation Grant Awards

We are pleased to announce the recipients of Maine Cancer Foundation's three-year, capacity-building grants for Patient Navigation in 2016.  Three organizations will receive a combined total of $466,725 over the next three years to create or expand navigator positions that will identify and eliminate barriers that prevent individuals from getting the right care at the right time.

Patient Navigators are trained, culturally competent health care workers who work with patients, families, physicians and the health care system to ensure cancer patients’ needs are appropriately and effectively addressed.

The most important role of patient navigators is to ensure that individuals with suspicious cancer findings receive timely diagnosis and treatment.

Patient navigators work with cancer patients to “navigate” the health care system and access appropriate social and financial services. A primary function of the navigator is to establish and help maintain communication between patients, their families, physicians and the health care system.

The grant winners are:


Program Title Amount Award Impact Category Organization  
Downeast Cancer Patient Navigation Across the Continuum of Care $164,000 over three years Navigator Healthy Acadia
Maine Immigrant Patient Navigation Project $138,725 over three years Navigator Maine Migrant Health Program
Ambulatory Nurse Navigator with emphasis on Lung Cancer Screening $164,000 over three years Navigator Southern Maine Health Care


Grant Review Committee

Donna Green, Director Clinical Oncology, Maine Medical Center

Jake Grindle, Program Associate, Maine Health Access Foundation

Tara Hill, Executive Director, Maine Cancer Foundation

Theresa Knowles, Vice President of Quality Improvement, Penobscot Community Health Center

Rachel Maher, Owner, Dragonfly Arts of Maine

Katelyn Michaud, Program Manager, Maine Cancer Foundation

Tom Polko, Administrator, MaineOrtho

Suzie Satterfield, Case Manager, Midcoast Hospital

Aysha Sheikh, Program Officer, Maine Cancer Foundation