Franklin's Navigator Program for Colorectal Cancer Screening

Please note: This grant award covers three years of patient navigation service, including the years 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The patient navigator will fit into HCC’s current system of operation seamlessly. The Navigator will be a nurse or an individual with public health experience. This level of expertise is required by all HCC staff. The Navigator will be an individual with excellent communication
skills, empathy, the ability to be present with individuals, and experience working 1:1 with individuals. The scope of practice for this position will be defined by who, what, where, when, and how. The Navigator will work with individuals in the community and at the hospital and will be responsible for promotion, optimization of health, prevention, and advocacy for those in need of colorectal cancer screening in the Greater Franklin County population. The navigator will also collaborate with other healthcare professionals to refer people into screening, ensure the screening is completed, and follow-up as needed. The navigator will not compete or replace but rather complement the care provided by clinical staff.

The Navigator will work with other HCC staff and staff from Franklin Memorial Hospital to implement the strategies outlined in this proposal. Education will be provided to over 1,500 individuals and at least 400 individuals will be assisted with colorectal cancer screenings. The collaborative team approach that will be utilized will be a similar approach to what has been used to implement other similar initiatives such as the creation of the breast care support nurse who offers navigation service for individuals screened and diagnosed with breast cancer.

The Navigator will work with the vulnerable patients in Franklin County who continue to have difficulty accessing and navigating the complex health care delivery system. The Patient Navigator will play a unique role in improving health outcomes for the underserved population in this county. Not only will the Navigator facilitate improved health care access and quality through advocacy and care coordination, but they will also address disparities and a multitude of barriers/issues such as distrust in providers and the health system that can lead to avoidance of screening recommendations. Other significant barriers in this community include transportation issues, competing priorities, poverty, and lack of knowledge. By addressing these issues, the Patient Navigator will foster trust and empowerment within the communities they serve.

Patients’ needs will be better served by implementing the Navigator Program for Colorectal Cancer Screening by improving care delivery to these patients who experience unique barriers to accessing colorectal cancer screening and improving overall health outcomes.

Organization: 
Healthy Community Coalition of Franklin County
Grant Amount Given: 
$164,000
Year Issued: 
2015
Grant Category: 
Navigator
Types of Cancer: 
All

Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:

Year Program Amount Category Organization
2017 One-by-One, CRC Screening and Navigation Project $99,832 Screening Healthy Community Coalition of Franklin County
2015 Franklin's Navigator Program for Colorectal Cancer Screening $164,000 Navigator Healthy Community Coalition of Franklin County
2015 Conquering Cancer in Franklin County $6,500 Screening Healthy Community Coalition of Franklin County
2015 Tobacco Free Franklin $199,976 Prevention Healthy Community Coalition of Franklin County
2013 Conquering Colon Cancer in Greater Franklin County $25,000 Prevention Healthy Community Coalition of Franklin County
2012 Conquering Cancer in Greater Franklin County $10,000 Screening Healthy Community Coalition of Franklin County
2008 Cancer Education in Franklin County $10,000 Education Healthy Community Coalition of Franklin County
2003 Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign $5,000 Education Healthy Community Coalition of Franklin County