Patient Navigation Approach to Tobacco Prevention, Assessment & Intervention

About This Grant:

The Maine Primary Care Association (MPCA) proposes to build off the success of patient navigation for cancer prevention in community health centers, applying the model to tobacco assessment and cessation in two rural community health centers (CHCs). This project would expand and refine the concept of patient navigation in community health center settings to an area where they have not traditionally utilized the practice – tobacco intervention.

The concept of patient navigation originated with Dr. Harold P. Freeman in 1990 for the purpose of eliminating barriers to timely cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, and supportive care. A review of the literature has found great variation in the personnel providing patient navigation services. For example, patient navigation services have frequently been provided by a lay patient navigator, while several programs characterized varied backgrounds for those performing the navigator function. The first patient navigation programs combined community and culturally sensitive care-coordination with aspects of disease management programs to reduce racial, ethnic, and poverty-driven disparities in care. 

Patient Navigation


Year Grant Title Category Amount Grant Recipient
2015 Patient Navigation Approach to Tobacco Prevention, Assessment & Intervention Patient Navigation, Prevention, Tobacco $30,000 Maine Primary Care Association