"LET'S TALK" DINNER SERIES FOR FAMILIES
This educational program offers a Mother/Daughter dinner and presentation designed to encourage open communication and discussion within families of middle school girls. A female Healthcare professional (physician, NP or PA) presents a program on “coming of age” issues, including PAP tests, cervical and breast cancer early detection & prevention, HPV & vaccine, self- breast exams, acne, tobacco use and other topics requested by the mothers and daughters. This event has become so popular and successful it has become an annual event. The dinners are offered throughout the region. Check back here often to see when a dinner is being hosted near you!
COMMUNITY HEALTH ADVISOR TRAINING PROGRAM
The Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition (NWGRCC) and Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center (AHEC) want each church and community to have the advantage of having some key people “trained” to share health information with their community and ministry. If you live, work, or attend church in Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, or Whitfield counties this program is offered FREE of charge. We will share health information through a Community Health Advisor training, training manual, toolkit, and bulletin board materials to be put up in churches and other places within the community such as health fairs. You can start the process by coming to our training session and then bringing in others to help you. This is a wonderful opportunity to serve your community, minister to others, and truly impact the life of someone else! If you are interested in participating in a program near you, please contact Erin Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CANCER CARE NURSE/SERVICE NAVIGATOR TRAINING
The Cancer Care Nurse Navigator Program is designed to provide the Registered Nurse with core knowledge for providing clinically competent care to the patient with cancer, and support to his/her family. The curriculum will include cancer prevention, screening, treatment, research, palliation and end of life care in addition to clinical instruction. The CCN (Cancer Care Navigator) will receive instruction in cancer patient education, advocacy, resource utilization, and support throughout the cancer care trajectory. A holistic approach is used to assist the student to teach the patient and family how to navigate for quality cancer care and services throughout the continuum; to address spiritual, psychosocial, financial and emotional support needs brought on by the diagnosis of cancer; serve as navigator for clinical, home health and hospice care; and work with Medicare, Medicaid, and other payers to meet financial obligations arising during cancer care. This is a certificate program.
The Cancer Services Navigator Program covers all the same material, but is focused on care given by Medical Social Workers, Community Health Workers and Lay Patient Navigators. It is also a certificate Program.
Both program tracts are taken completely on-line and may be accessed at www.cancernavigatorprogram.org . The course of study is 45 hours. All tests are taken on-line and after the successful completion of the program, the Certificate of Completion may be printed on-line as well.
PROMOTORA DE SALUD
As natural leaders within the Latino community, Promotoras de Salud improve the health of this population through education, advocacy, and empowering them to take control of their health. By teaching them how to access appropriate health care and community resources, translating for the healthcare professionals, and helping patients coordinate appropriate programs in the Latino community, Promotoras are enabling these patients to have a more positive and rewarding healthcare experience. The Coalition has been working with the Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership’s Promotora de Salud program in Dalton for the past few years and continues to lend support and training as needed. The Coalition has just begun a new Promotora de Salud Program serving Bartow, Chattooga, Floyd, Gordon, and Polk counties. If you would like to attend a training program to become one of our volunteer Promotoras, please contact us at 706-291-9809.
REGIONAL COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING AND EDUCATION
The Colorectal Cancer Screening and Education Program is an initiative supported by the Regional Cancer Coalition working with community partners whose mission is to reduce the number of new cases of colon cancer as well as the disability and death associated with colon cancer. Patients are identified through the public health system and referred to the program for colorectal screening and assistance through one of the participating organizations. The NWGRCC works with the, Etowah Pathology Assoc., Floyd and Redmond Regional Medical Centers, Gordon Hospital, Harbin Clinic Gastroenterology, Magnolia Foundation NW Georgia Surgical Associates, SE Pathology, and Rome Anesthesiologist Association to provide these colonoscopies at no charge to eligible patients in Chattooga, Floyd, Gordon and Polk Counties. Applications are taken at the Health Departments in each county.
TOBACCO PREVENTION AND CESSATION
The Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program is an initiative supported by the Regional Cancer Coalition working with closely with the Northwest Georgia Department of Public Health and Innovative Counseling Solutions to reduce the number of tobacco users and the rate of deaths related to its use. This program provides tobacco education and tobacco cessation classes to schools, school systems (100% Tobacco Free Schools), workplaces, governments, parks & recreation departments, colleges, and other organizations to help increase knowledge throughout the community about the dangers of tobacco use. It began with Chattooga County and after two years tracked a 5% decrease in tobacco consumption in that county. Currently it is focusing on Polk County. With continued funding, it will move throughout all 10 counties in NW Georgia. For more information contact Director Sandra Bethune at 706.676.4756 or .
The Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition is part of an exciting project that allows cancer patients to participate in their care through electronic communication with their providers giving them access to their medical reports, discharge summaries, pertinent information about taking care of themselves, and other educational resources. This program began enrolling patients in July 2013! The NWGRCC partners with Floyd and Redmond Regional Medical Centers, Harbin Clinic, and the Enterprise Innovation Institute at Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Department of Community Health, and Cancer Navigators of NW Georgia. For more information about enrollment call Cancer Navigators at 706-295-4119.