Patient Navigation

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Organization Information

Project Summary

We provide patient navigation in all of our community outreach. This includes but is not limited to: facilitating cancer related screenings, assisting the client to find a medical home or other needed serves, education, follow-up, etc. There are 2 advanced practice nurses who serve in this capacity, in addition, we educate community based individuals to serve as a link to us when we are not on site.

Project Goal

Health Promotion and Chronic Disease education and navigation in areas that are underserved throughout Allegheny County and counties within our network. The goal of our community outreach program is to educate communities and more importantly, individuals about the risks of chronic disease and in particular cancer and how one can decreasing their risk. This includes, developing a healthy lifestyle, not smoking, seeing a doctor regularly, getting recommended screenings, etc. Navigation involves the identification and when possible the removal of barriers that stand in an individual’s way of meeting their goals, such as lack of transportation so they cannot go to the doctor. The goal is written within the original submission: to facilitate cancer screenings, assist clients in finding a medical home, etc

Promotional Methods

Word of mouth, UPCI website, meeting and greeting significant members of the community

Project Challenges

Not really

Project Results

Clients within the community are getting their recommended cancer screenings, making changes to their lifestyle in order to try to decrease their chronic disease risks. Again, many of contacts are made once or twice and we monitor compliance if we make a recommendation and a referral but we cannot follow up with everyone we make a connection with. There are no plans to keep growing. These numbers are very large for 2 individuals to achieve on a yearly basis. Maintaining would be great. The project is ongoing and continues to grow. We reach between 5-8,000 individuals yearly.

Organization Type

Academic Institution

Types of Practices

  • Academic Institution
  • Community
  • Early Education
  • Health Systems
  • K-12 Schools
  • Workplace

Target Age Ranges

  • 35-44
  • 45-54
  • 55-64
  • 65+


  • All


  • All

Project Service Type

  • Advocacy
  • Awareness
  • Community Outreach / Community Engagement
  • Counseling
  • Financial Assistance
  • Prevention
  • Referral
  • Screening / Early Detection
  • Survivorship / Palliative Care

Project Content Area

  • Asthma
  • Breast
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Disease (general)
  • Cervical
  • Chronic Disease (general)
  • Chronic Infectious Disease
  • Colorectal
  • Diabetes
  • Domestic / Intimate Partner Violence
  • Health (general)
  • Health Equity
  • Heart Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Lung
  • Melanoma
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Prediabetes
  • Prostate
  • Sexual Violence
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Urinary Bladder
  • Vaping / e-Cigarette Use
  • Violence / Injury Prevention (general)

Project/Program Care Team Target Population

  • All Practitioners
  • Community Health Workers / Patient Navigators
  • Pharmacists
  • Students / Professionals in Training
  • Therapists / Counselors

Counties Served

  • Allegheny
  • Armstrong
  • Beaver
  • Butler
  • Fayette
  • Franklin
  • Washington
  • Westmoreland

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