227897 Access to patient navigation for underserved women in suburban Chicago: An evidenced based project for breast and cervical cancer screening

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Melissa A. Simon, MD, MPH , Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Faculty Physician, Chicago, IL
Nadia Hajjar, MPH , Patient Navigation Research Project, Access Dupage, Carol Stream, IL
Shaneah Taylor, MPH , Patient Navigation Research Project, Access Dupage, Carol Stream, IL
Belinda Reyes, MSW , Patient Navigation Research Project, Access Dupage, Carol Stream, IL
Kara Murphy , Executive Director, Access Dupage, Carol Stream, IL
Richard Endress, PhD , President, Access Dupage, Carol Stream, IL
Background: Access DuPage is continuously addressing community needs through an extensive network of medical providers. Since the inception of Access DuPage, the primary goal has been to establish a medical home for uninsured low-income residents of DuPage County. Access DuPage functions through three main strategies: medical home assignment, continuum of care, and emphasis of diverse community assets. Methods: Patient navigators primarily guide women with suspicious findings through breast and cervical cancer screenings to ensure timely diagnosis and treatment. In partnership with Access Dupage, the Patient Navigation Project will focus on 600 women that possibly encounter numerous barriers along the course of their treatment such as transportation, fear, communication, financial hardship, etc. Anticipated Results: Underrepresented women often lack a support system during their course of treatment, which further emphasizes the imperative presence of a patient navigator. The thoroughly trained team of patient navigators aids patients in overcoming barriers to the timely receipt of health care services. Patient navigators are charged with appropriately linking patients with the myriad of private public, and governmental services and resources available to them in DuPage County. Patient navigation is a promising strategy to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes.

Learning Areas:
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related education
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain Patient Navigation and its role in aiding the underserved suburban woman. 2. Demonstrate effectiveness of Patient Navigation in terms of increasing a woman's access to community resources, and facilitating efficient encounters with the healthcare system.

Keywords: Access and Services, Women's Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I am currently a NIH NICHD K12 Women’s Reproductive Health Scholar focused on the social epidemiology of cervical cancer. I am the Principal Investigator on several recent grants from the American Cancer Society on barriers low income women face in obtaining care and treatment for abnormal cervical and breast cancer screens and from the National Institutes of Health (NCMHD and NIA) focused on patient navigation-based interventions to overcome these barriers.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.