In the Patient Navigation Program, Nueva Vida’s mission is to support women in overcoming any and all barriers to accessing high-quality cancer screenings, diagnostic exams, and treatment.
One strategy to addressing these disparities has been through the incorporation of patient navigation programs which have shown efficacy as a strategy to reduce cancer mortality. Patient navigation is a process by which an individual—a patient navigator—guides patients with a suspicious finding (e.g., a test shows they may have cancer) through and around barriers in the complex cancer care system to help ensure timely diagnosis and treatment. For example, patient navigators can help with access to screening, diagnostic or treatment services, help patients keep track of appointments, translate during appointments, and provide social support.
Identifying and addressing as many of these barriers and challenges, along the cancer continuum, is critical for improved health outcomes among Latinas with a cancer diagnosis. Bearing these factors in mind, Nueva Vida, Inc. (NV) is dedicated, through their comprehensive social support model, in addressing the socio-economic, cultural, linguistic, access to health care, and psycho-social barriers faced by Latinas in the Washington, DC, Richmond, VA, and Baltimore, MD, metropolitan areas.