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Welcome to the Patient Navigation Training on Hereditary Cancer Screening: Communication and Psychosocial Distress, brought to you by the, Cancer Prevention Control Research Network (CPCRN) which is part of the Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center (RMPRC), the CDC’s flagship program for preventing and controlling chronic disease.

Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network. Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center. Colorado School of Public Health.

The authors wish to acknowledge the significant contributions of our statewide Steering Committee members who have generously shared their knowledge and perspectives. Their input helped to guide the selection of priorities and learning objectives of the present training.


Who can benefit from this course:

  • Community health workers, promotoras, and patient navigators delivering outreach and education on a variety of health and wellness topics
  • Patient navigators and patient educators based in healthcare settings
  • Nurse navigators based in healthcare systems or hospitals
  • Anyone looking for new tools, best practices, and engagement approaches for working with clients who are dealing with hereditary cancer
  • Health educators, community health workers and others who do outreach for cancer screening programs and want to know more about how to talk about family history as part of screening education.

If you have not already we recommend taking the Patient Navigation 101 Training on Hereditary Cancer Screening so that the terms we use in this module are familiar to you.

In this course, you will learn to:

  • Share tools for patients to communicate with family members regarding potential psychosocial stress
  • Utilize patient centered communication
  • Support patient communication with their provider regarding potential barriers to care
  • Help patients recognize how and when to share information with their provider
  • Encourage providers to use this family history information in caring for their patients 

Time Required

60 minutes (can be completed in multiple sessions)

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