Ask the Expert: Bridging the Gap - Patient Navigation and Other Patient-Centered Interventions to Serve Diverse Populations

Despite improvements in quality of life and life expectancy for cancer survivors in the U.S., not all populations have benefited equally from these improvements. Disparities are often observed in "people from low-socioeconomic groups, certain racial/ethnic populations and those who live in geographically isolated areas"1. Join the George Washington University (GW) Cancer Center for an opportunity to discuss patient navigation and other patient-centered interventions that show promise in reducing these cancer-related health disparities. Panelists will briefly discuss their experience with patient navigation and other strategies for reducing cancer health disparities, then will respond to attendees' questions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe a collaborative intervention to improve quality of life outcomes among Latina breast cancer survivors and their caregivers
  • Identify strategies to promote ongoing engagement between community-based organizations and researchers
  • Describe some of the unique needs of young adult cancer patients
  • Gain insights on patient navigation from a survivor's perspective
  • Identify factors that affect access to care among LGBTQ populations
  • Identify barriers and resources for applying principles of cultural sensitivity to practice

Note: Registration is mandatory for participation. The event will be capped at 15 to 20 participants.


  • Tamika Felder is a Cervivor (cervical cancer survivor + passionate advocate= Cervivor), and founder of Tamika & Friends, Inc., a national non-profit organization dedicated to cervical cancer awareness through a network of survivors and their friends. After a diagnosis of advanced cervical cancer in 2001 at the age of 25, Tamika decided to use her experience and her voice to help educate other women about ways to prevent cervical cancer. By telling her story, Tamika decided to use her experience and her voice to help educate other women about ways to prevent cervical cancer. By telling her story, Tamika inspired other women to start speaking about HPV and cervical cancer, which led to a network of survivors supporting each other and educating each other. From this network, Cervivor was born.

  • Kristi Graves, PhD: Dr. Graves received her PhD in clinical psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and completed post-doctoral training at the University of Kentucky. She is a tenured Associate Professor of Oncology in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University. Dr. Graves is leading a research project funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to help Latina breast cancer patients and their caregivers improve their quality of life. This project is in collaboration with four community-based organizations, two of which are led by Latina cancer survivors. Dr. Graves is also involved in teaching within Georgetown University Medical Center and the Georgetown University School of Medicine. 

  • Jacquetta Brooks, MSW, LGSW: Jacquetta Brooks serves as the manager of Mautner Project at Whitman-Walker Health overseeing education, prevention and patient navigation programs focused on canccer and LGBTQ health disparities. Prior to the partnership between Mautner and Whitman-Walker, Brooks was the Director of Client Services at Mautner Project, the National Lesbian Health Organization. She has focused on the LGBTQ populations and women's issues through her work with the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League in Washington, DC, the DC Superior Courts and agencies and projects focused on domestic violence and LGBTQ bias crimes. Brooks holds a master's degree in social work from Howard University and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

  • Claudia Campos Galván: Ms. Campos Galván is Nueva Vida's Chief Programs Officer and Mental Health Director at Nueva Vida. Nueva Vida is a community-based agency that serves Latino families in the Washington, DC metro region. Ms. Campos Galván has been with the organization since 2007 and is in charge of ensuring ongoing program excellence, rigorous program evaluation and consistent quality control of finance, administration, fundraising, communications and systems. 

1. National Cancer Institute (2016). Cancer health disparities [Web page]. Retrieved from
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm