Preliminary Achievements of the NW PNP
The NW PNP is bringing people and organizations together to reduce the burden of cancer in American Indian communities. The program has increased awareness of cancer prevention, screening, treatment, and survivorship at the local and national levels. Interviews with tribal clinic physicians, clinic nursing directors, and local oncologists indicate that Navigators have facilitated communication between the tribal clinic and cancer treatment clinics and hospitals. Preliminary findings show that Navigators help patients understand their diagnosis and treatment options; get to their appointments and adhere to recommended cancer treatments; find health care insurance coverage; learn to trust their care providers and the health care system; and communicate with physicians. In addition, Navigators have increased the number of local and regional collaborations and partnerships between tribal clinics and other organizations.