The concept of patient navigation was founded and pioneered by Harold P. Freeman in 1990 for the purpose of eliminating barriers to timely cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, and supportive care. It has since evolved to include the timely movement of an individual across the entire health care continuum from prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and supportive, to end-of-life care.
Patient navigation was pioneered by Harold P. Freeman, M.D. in 1990, when he initiated and developed the first program of its type in Harlem to reduce disparities in access to diagnosis and treatment of cancer, particularly among poor and uninsured people. In 2007, as a direct result of a $2.5M grant received from the Amgen Foundation, the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention established the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute (HPFPNI) to offer patient navigation training.
Grounded in nearly 20 years of experience and viewed as the gold standard in patient navigation, the program emphasizes the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Model, as well as information, standards, and principles on how participants can tailor the program to meet their organization's and/or community's specific needs. The multi-faceted, comprehensive, and interactive curriculum is taught by the foremost experts in patient navigation, including Dr. Freeman. It emphasizes practical experience and reflects on a combination of extensive, best practice research and information.
The Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute is currently accepting student applications for its upcoming classes and online program. Classroom space is limited, so act today. Enrollment for the online classes takes place on the 15th and the 30th of each month.
Successful patient navigation supports those diagnosed with suspicious findings by eliminating barriers to timely screening, treatment, and supportive care of cancer and other chronic diseases. Patient navigation saves lives and improves resolution rates of patients. When implemented at the organizational level within a community, it results in increased efficiencies and improved outcomes.
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The Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute (HPFPNI), is the only patient navigation institute led by founding pioneer of patient navigation Harold P. Freeman, M.D. The patient navigation program is an intensive 2-day training program that prepares individuals and organizations for successful implementation. The HPFPNI is also a lifelong community of alumni committed to the global development and education of patient navigation.
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Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute
55 Exchange Place
New York, NY 10005-3304