Patient Navigator Spotlights
Patient navigators and community health workers are important resources when it comes to patient health and understanding. They aid their patients when it comes to the logistics of treatment. Here is what a few navigators say about their jobs:
Cancer Patient Navigator - Christina Ho is a cancer patient navigator at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). Due to her fluency in English and various dialects of Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, Toisanese), she works with Chinese patients who have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, in order to make sure they fully understand their care options. According to fellow coworkers, “She is able to work through complex cultural and linguistic barriers to ensure that our patients receive the most optimal care and that any questions or concerns they may have are clearly answered.”
Cancer and Specialty Patient Navigator - Daniel Ramos is a cancer and specialty patient navigator at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) branch located in Chelsea, Massachusetts. He has been a patient navigator since 2007, when he joined the Latino Gay Men’s Project at the Latin American Health Institute. The Latin American Health Institute works to, “promote the health of the community, its institutions, families and individuals. They provide social, clinical, health, HIV prevention, immigration and some housing programs.”
Patient Navigator - Stephanie Otis works at Boston Medical Center as a patient navigator. Otis has worked as a patient navigator since October 2017. This is her first job out of college. After seeing a job listing for a PN she knew she wanted to be part of such a unique position which blended her interests of public health and social work. The most rewarding part about being a PN is the position's meaningful way it addresses the social determinants of health with underserved populations traditionally left out of the healthcare system.