Cancer Navigator

About the Navigator Program Network (NPN)

The Navigator Program Network (NPN) brings together case workers, practice managers, physicians, nurses, administrators, navigators, and others working towards the common goal of saving lives by making cancer screening an easier process. Starting with colon cancer screening, NPN facilitates the flow of information and ideas.

Participants learn best practices from each other and national programs; have access to informal coaching and support; as well as special seminar opportunities focusing on the administrative and clinical challenges of navigator programs. Participants can download tools and other materials proven to be useful in navigator initiatives.

NPN members may also function as key spokespeople to help NYC promote this important program approach, and to encourage members to initiate patient navigator programs in their institutions. The network will grow to include members of NYC navigator programs and programs outside New York City. The DOHMH Cancer Prevention and Control Program coordinates the network.

The Navigator Program Network is made possible by a generous grant from the New York Community Trust and a partnership with the Fund for Public Health of New York.


The Cancer Prevention and Control Program at NYC Health Department launched the Colonoscopy Patient Navigator Program in 2003 to address the low rates of colorectal cancer screening in New York City. Built on important ideas developed by Dr. Harold Freeman and colleagues, DOHMH developed its Colonoscopy Patient Navigation Program to improve access to treatment and reduce health disparities. Over the past six years DOHMH launched 21 Patient Navigator programs in partnership with public and private hospitals. As of October 2009, the DOHMH Navigator Program supports 28 navigators as well as physicians and administrative staff at 17 sites throughout New York City. The NPN facilitates the flow of information across Patient Navigator programs. These exchanges will develop new knowledge, allow shared resources, strengthen programs, and promote quality.

Founding Member Organizations:

  • Bellevue Hospital Center
  • Brookdale University Hospital
  • Elmhurst Hospital Center
  • Flushing Hospital
  • Jacobi Medical Center
  • Jamaica Hospital
  • Kings County Hospital Center
  • Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center
  • Metropolitan Medical Center
  • Montefiore Medical Center
  • NY Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Queens Hospital Center
  • Richmond University Hospital
  • Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center