The mission of North Carolina Oncology Navigator Association (NCONA) is to advance the role of patient navigation by providing a network for collaboration amongst navigators and to promote the development of best practices for improved access and outcomes of cancer care.
The purpose of the North Carolina Navigator Assocation- NCONA is to provide a network for collaboration amongst patient navigators across NC. A patient navigator may include a nurse, social worker, care coordinator, community health worker, community educator, community ambassador or lay patient navigator. Patient navigation saves lives and improves cancer outcomes. NCONA is committed to work collaboratively with all cancer programs and organizations across the state to ensure every patient living in NC has access to appropriate cancer care. The landscape is changing. It is imperative that hospitals and communities work together to reach and service our patients most in need.
What Is A Patient Navigator?
What is Patient Navigation? Patient navigation in cancer care refers to individualized assistance offered to patients, families and families to help overcome health system and community barriers to care. The intent is for all patients to have access to quality medical and psychosocial care, from pre-diagnosis through all phases of the cancer journey.