Community Health Worker Initiative of Sonoma County

Patient Navigators

Bridging the Health Divide :Designing the Navigator System in California (Report 2012)
Prepared for :Community Health Councils Inc. 

3731 Stocker - Suite 201
Los Angeles, CA 90008
(323) 295-9372 
Fax: (323) 295-9467

Fatima Morales, MSW
Sonya Vasquez, MSW
Lark Galloway-Gilliam, MPA
Sonoma State University
Patient Navigator Training Program 
(Also See SSU Health Navigators)

"The SSU-IMCF Patient Navigator Certificate Program--one of the most comprehensive Patient Navigator training programs in the country to date--will train graduates to support patients with information and resources for basic needs, navigate complex medical systems, and expand on the existing model of Patient Navigator, which at this point is mostly seen in cancer treatment settings. This program will offer an in-depth look at a holistic approach to health care, recognizing and responding to the wide-spread use of complementary and alternative therapies amongst the general population, and the benefits of integrating these therapies with western medicine. Certified Navigators will have skills to support patients not only with cancer, but also chronic diseases, family challenges, and wellness and prevention goals, all using a wide breadth of resources and options to meet the healthcare needs and vision of the clients." 

Online Training and Annual Conference in 

5th Annual Patient Navigator/ Community Health Worker Conference will be held Thursday, May 8, 2014 in Norwood, MA.

The Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute

The core principles of the Institute, applied to save lives from cancer and chronic diseases, include:

  • Inform people about the need for certain recommended examinations and provide timely access to such examinations
  • Eliminate any barriers to timely care across the entire health care continuum
  • A critical function of navigation is to eliminate any and all barriers to timely diagnoses and treatment in patients who have abnormal or suspicious findings

The Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute, located in New York City,

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