The Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute

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The Program

The HPFPNI Patient Navigation Program is an intensive 2-day in person, or self-paced online training program that includes 10 modules, plus practicum (patient interaction) and case studies. 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 curriculum, taught by the foremost experts in patient navigation, including Dr. Freeman, is multi-faceted, comprehensive, and interactive. It includes practical experience and reflects on a combination of extensive, best practice research and information. The program focuses on cancer as the primary navigation disease, but is also applicable to other chronic disease categories to include mental health, infectious disease, diabetes, and heart disease. Specifically, the program supports:

  • Increased retention, diagnostic, and treatment resolution rates.
  • Improved organizational efficiencies, preventing lost revenue and ultimately providing revenue to the facility.

Upon successful completion, students earn a Certificate of Completion signed by Dr. Freeman.

The HPFPNI is also a lifelong alumni community of practice network committed to the global development and education of patient navigation. This network extends past academic completion, providing continuous resources, training, and support.

Cost for the HPFPNI Patient Navigation Program is $995/person. Please call 1-646-380-4060 for information on our onsite program costs.

What is the role of a Patient Navigator?

Patient navigators provide one-on-one guidance and assistance to individuals as they move through the health care continuum from prevention to end-of-life care. The principal function of the navigator is to eliminate any and all barriers to timely screening, diagnosis, treatment, and supportive care for each individual. Navigators act as the support hub for all aspects of patients' movement through the health care system. The navigator's role is to promote smooth and timely continuity of care to the point of resolution.

Who can be a Patient Navigator?

Patient navigators may contribute at any health care site, as well as at community-based organizations. Navigators may have a broad spectrum of qualifications, from trained lay navigators to professionals such as nurses and social workers. Individuals at any level of education may be employed as navigators. However, navigators should be assigned functions that are commensurate with their level of experience and training.

Important characteristics of patient navigators include: compassion, intelligence, great communication skills, and cultural sensitivity.

Apply Today!

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.

To check available dates and to apply, click here, or call 1-646-380-4060 to learn more.

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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.