Patient Navigation and Survivorship Webinar Series

As part of the GW Cancer Institute's continuing effort to provide beneficial and accessible education and training to the navigation and survivorship community, we host free webinars on relevant trends, tools and resources. The webinars are conducted live with the recording archived on our website for future viewing. 


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Communication in Cancer Care

Elizabeth Hoffler, MSW, presented on the importance of communication in cancer care particularly as it relates to the unique role that patient navigators, social workers and other helping professionals play in ensuring open, honest and straightforward communication with patients. 

Survivorship Care Plans: Introducing A Novel Technology to Transform Burden into Opportunity

Carrie Tompkins Stricker, PhD, RN, AOCN

Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer, On Q Health, Inc. 

Cancer programs continue to struggle with implementing the CoC, NAPBC, and other mandates for survivorship care plan delivery. Many centers are so buried in the logistics that they are unable to maximize the opportunity that survivorship programs offer to improve the quality and value of care delivered and documented. This webinar will provide participants with a tour of On Q Health’s Care Planning System™ for survivorship care plans (SCPs), a novel care planning platform designed to maximize the value and quality of patient-centered survivorship care.

On Q Health is a clinician-led health information technology company that builds e-clinical tools to support the oncology team’s delivery of quality care across the cancer continuum. Dr. Stricker will demonstrate how On Q care plans are highly personalized and evidence-based, with up-to-date content auto-populated in cancer type-specific SCP templates. Updates on On Q’s integration with various EMR and cancer registry software platforms will be provided. Outcome data will be presented that shows how the On Q CPS system can help demonstrate the value of survivorship programs though improved revenue capture and enhanced patient satisfaction and patient-provider communication.

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Survivorship Care Plans: Implementing the ASCO Template

Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN, Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing and Director of Cancer Survivorship

This webinar provided participants with the opportunity to learn about the evolution of survivorship care plans (SCP) and the Commission on Cancer Standard 3.3 on SCP. An overview of the components of and how to develop a process for implementing the SCP was given. The discussion also included a review of the components of quality cancer survivorship care.

NCI Community Cancer Centers Program Navigation Assessment Tool

The GW Cancer Institute hosted a webinar providing an overview of the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program Navigation Assessment Tool. Presenters provided background information on the NCCCP Navigation Assessment Tool, and gave an overview of how the matrix came about and its development process. A walk through of the tool itself and how to use it was provided.

Developing Competencies for Non-Clinically Licensed Patient Navigators

The GW Cancer Institute hosted a webinar on a year-long process to create the first-ever consensus-based competencies for non-clinically licensed patient navigators.

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The Best of the Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference

The GW Cancer Institute's Center for the Advancement of Cancer Survivorship, Navigation and Policy hosted a free webinar, July 16th, 2014 at noon ET that recapped the 2014 Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference.  The following presentations were presented:

  • Overview of the 2014 Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference
    By: Lynne S. Padgett, PhD
    National Cancer Institute

  • Delivering Whole Patient Care for Cancer Survivors with Multiple Chronic Conditions: Opportunities and Challenges
    By: Charles Von Gunten, MD, PhD
    Ohio Health

  • Innovative Uses of Data to Advance Survivorship Care and Research: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
    By: Claire Snyder, PhD
    Johns Hopkins

Understanding the Landscape: Integrative Oncology and Integrative Navigation

Interest in the integration of complementary therapies with oncology care has increased among patients, health professionals and researchers.  In this free webinar, the Integrative Navigation Model of the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, DC was presented by Carole O’Toole, Director of Smith Center's Institute for Integrative Oncology Navigation, and Laura Pole, Director of Nourishment at Smith Center. O’Toole and Pole are co-creators and facilitators of the Integrative Cancer Care Navigation Training program. Evidence in support of Integrative Navigation was provided, along with a case presentation on how Integrative Navigation can be incorporated within conventional interventions.  The role of Integrative Navigators across the cancer continuum was discussed, and information was shared on available professional training in integrative navigation. 

Carole developed the Patient Navigation Program for Smith Center in 2006, introducing integrative navigation to Howard University Cancer Center, and developing faith-based community navigation services for African-Americans and African immigrants that operate from four churches in underserved areas and the community at large. She has also designed a training model for integrative cancer care navigation that is offered to navigators nationwide through Smith Center. Prior to her work at Smith Center, Carole was a Patient Navigator at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD, and ran a private integrative cancer care navigation practice. She also has over fifteen years’ professional experience in environmental consulting.

In addition to her navigation work at Smith Center, Carole also staffs the weeklong retreats, coaches individuals on integrative cancer care decision-making and complementary resources, and leads Smith Center's “Living Well With Cancer” one-day workshops. Carole frequently represents Smith Center at national and local conferences and other public forums. She is the author of two books on integrative cancer care: “Cancer Community Healing Network”, and “Healing Outside the Margins”, and holds a Master’s degree in Medical Anthropology and Health Policy. Carole has been a survivor of advanced cancer since 1994, enjoys biking and rowing on the Potomac with a survivor crew team, and is a wife and mother.

Laura has served as Smith Center’s health supportive chef and nurse consultant since 1997. She is an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist and Cancer Guide with 25 years of experience in caring for people with serious illness. She is also a Certified Health Supportive Chef, professional musician and Nia body-mind fitness instructor. Her popular cooking class, Eating for a Lifetime: Cooking for People with Cancer, introduces participants to the Eight Principles of Food Selection, along with truly tasty and healthy recipes. Laura is the founder of “Eating for a Lifetime,” a consulting business dedicated to teaching individuals and professionals about health supportive eating and food preparation. In addition to Laura's work with nourishment, she is the co-coordinator of Smith Center's Patient Navigation Training in Integrative Cancer Care. Laura also serves as coordinator of the "Media Watch Cancer News That You Can Use" listserv.

Best Practices in Education for Cancer Survivors: Results from Surveys of Educators and Survivors

The transition off active treatment has been described as a “teachable moment” for cancer survivors, yet more information is needed about how to best educate survivors according to their own needs and preferences. This free webinar presented the results of two surveys conducted by the GW Cancer Institute to collect information on education programs available for cancer survivors and on the educational needs and preferences of adult cancer survivors. The surveys focused on program structure, content, and delivery method. We will highlight important results from the surveys that can help educators improve their programming for cancer survivors as well as feature a best practice program.  Sheryl Ness, RN, MA, OCN, Educator at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, presented information on the survivor education program she facilitates.

Survivorship Tools and Resources

The GW Cancer Institute's Center for the Advancement of Cancer Survivorship, Navigation and Policy hosted a free webinar, April 16th, 2014 at 12pm ET that covered survivorship tools and resources.

Cancer and Fertility

The GW Cancer Institute's Center for the Advancement of Cancer Survivorship, Navigation and Policy hosted a free webinar on March 19th, 2014 at noon ET, that reviewed LIVESTRONG Fertility.

Quality Improvement Tools for Patient-Centered Programs

The GW Cancer Institute's Center for the Advancement of Cancer Survivorship, Navigation and Policy hosted a webinar that explored patient-centered care and quality improvement tools and techniques.

Psychosocial Distress: A Process of Care, Not a Point in Time

Lynne S. Padgett, PhD

Many cancer patients and families express unmet psychological needs during their cancer journey. The 2007 landmark Institute of Medicine Report, Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs, highlighted the need to improve patient outcomes and cancer care delivery by focusing on the ‘whole patient’ including psychosocial health needs and screening for distress.  Lynne S. Padgett, PhD, Program Director for the Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences/Behavioral Research Program at the National Cancer Institute presented on the integration of distress screening and psychosocial support as a standard of care in oncology, including the role of navigators in screening for distress from prevention through survivorship and current methods and measures used for distress screening.

The ACA's Impact on Cancer Care: What's Ahead in 2014

Signed into law into law in 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the most extensive health care system reform in decades aimed at improving access to and quality of health care in the United States. With the goals of increasing access, improving quality and reducing costs, uncertainty exists regarding the ACA’s effect on cancer care. This webinar highlights the ACA’s  impact on cancer care for providers and patients, including challenges and successes, and look ahead to 2014 and how the remaining roll-out of the legislation will affect the cancer community.

Health Care Professionals' Attitudes Towards Social Media Usage Survey Results

Increasingly individuals look to social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter for news and information. Convenience, ease of access and rapid transfer of information lend social media as a potential platform to provide professional development for health care professionals (HCPs). The GW Cancer Institute’s Center for the Advancement of Cancer Survivorship, Navigation and Policy administered the Health Care Professionals’ Attitudes Towards Social Media Usage survey to better understand HCPs attitudes, perceptions, motivation and usage of social media to obtain professional development. Findings from the survey to be presented on the webinar include:

  • HCPs social media use
  • HCPs preferred social media platforms
  • Employer attitudes towards social media
  • HCPs professional development frequency and preferences
  • HCPs social media use for professional development
  • HCPs use of LinkedIn and Twitter for professional development

Assessing Need to Inform Patient-Centered Program Development

Ashley Nelson, RN, Quality Coordinator, Brown Cancer Center

 A needs assessment is a critical tool for identifying barriers and challenges to develop patient-centered programs responsive to the needs of your patients and institution’s priorities. Recent Commission on Cancer program standards call for the development of a navigation process guided by a community needs assessment. This webinar will explore the value added and components of a needs assessment and feature a case study from the Brown Cancer Center exploring their experience conducting a needs assessment to inform service delivery.