The Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute

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The National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) is pleased to announce a comprehensive collaboration with the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute (HPFNI).

Harlem, NY, August 2014 — The collaboration of these two highly regarded professional organizations will, for the first time, allow an individu- al to combine the compassionate practicality of navigation training with the validation attained through a three-hour test for accredited certification. Working separately, but in tandem, navigators may choose between training, testing, or both depending on the individual needs of the navigator and their respective facilities. The Patient Navigation Institute will offer training based on the Harold P. Freeman model of patient navigation, and the National Consortium of Breast Centers will administer the certification exam.

The National Consortium of Breast Centers

A nonprofit membership organization founded in 1986, the NCBC is dedicated to excellence in breast healthcare through education and cross fertilization of knowledge and skills. It began as a small group of multidisciplinary breast health experts and has grown into an ever-increasing group of medical and allied health professionals who exchange information, network and learn from renowned clinicians and from each other. The focus continues to be on the development; implementation and expansion of breast center programs such as navigation, which promotes high quality cost efficient care, in a patient centric manner while continuing to address and promote clinical excellence in all aspects of breast health care.

With the addition of private sector businesses and corporations as part of the NCBC membership, breast health professionals are kept informed about advances in equipment, technology, drugs and services available to them to improve patient quality care. Through monthly newsletters, an annual interdisciplinary annual conference and networking throughout the year, NCBC members are kept informed of the ever-changing breast health care world both nationally and internationally.

The National Consortium of Breast Centers developed a Certification Program for breast patient navigators in 2009 so that those who would move into navigator roles would be able to do so with standardized and validated skill sets.

Harold P. Freeman Navigation Institute

Patient Navigation was founded by Harold P Freeman, M.D. in 1990 when he initiated and developed the nation's first patient navigation model in Harlem. The program was created for the purpose of reducing disparities in access to timely diagnosis and treatment of cancer, particularly among the poor and uninsured. This program initially focused on the window of opportunity to save lives from the point of abnormal finding to resolution by timely diagnosis and treatment.

As an outgrowth of the original patient navigation program, the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute (HPFPNI), a non-profit organization, was first established in 2007 to provide patient navigation training in an expanded model encompassing all phases of the health care continuum including outreach, screening, diagnosis, treatment and end of life care. The Institute opened its doors to address the rapid growth in patient navigation programs and also to offer standards and best practices to meet each program’s needs.

Patient Navigation has been effective in improving health outcomes, reducing organizational costs, and increas- ing patient satisfaction.

Our Vision Together

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) calls for the presence of a navigation program in all Breast Centers by January of 2015. With this deadline nearly here, our partnership creates a path for navigators to prepare and validate their capabilities.

The NCBC Breast Patient Navigation Certification Program offers six types of Breast Patient Navigator Certifica- tions:

CERTIFIED NAVIGATORS – BREAST (+ individual designation based on licensure)

CN-BI = Diagnostic Imaging/Treatment Techs (all technologist from diagnostics to treatments)
CN-BM = Management/Social Worker (all social workers and managers of navigators)
CN-BA = Advocate (All volunteers/lay navigators)
CN-BC = Clinical (All certified medical assistants, technicians, licensed practical/vocational nurses)
CN-BP = Provider (all breast care diagnosticians, nurse practitioners, physicians, physician assts, breast care PhDs) CN-BN = RN (All registered nurses from breast care, diagnostic imaging, treatment, survivorship, genetics)

Our Vision is to positively impact breast care and improve the experience, satisfaction, and outcomes of the breast cancer patient. We will achieve this by combining the highest quality training in Navigation with the most respected testing and Certification program.

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Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute
Phone: 1-646-380-4060

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The Gold Standard
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. A critical window of opportunity to apply patient navigation is between the point of an abnormal finding to the point of resolution of the finding by diagnosis and treatment.

Currently the patient navigation model has been expanded 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.