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Welcome to the Patient Navigation Training on Hereditary Cancer Screening, 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.


As a Patient Navigator, you are uniquely positioned within a medical team to build relationships with at-risk clients to encourage and guide them through the stages of hereditary cancer screening. The upcoming modules aim to provide an overview of hereditary cancer, enhance communication skills, strengthen the skills to address barriers, and support implementation of hereditary cancer screening within your organization.

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 on healthcare settings
  • Nurse navigators based in healthcare systems or hospitals
  • Clinic managers who are in the early stages of implementing hereditary cancer screening
  • Anyone looking for new tools, best practices, and engagement approaches for working with clients who may benefit from hereditary cancer screening

In this course, you will learn to:

  • Describe how identifying family health history impacts care and health
  • Summarize the basics of genetics
  • List the important features of family history and what to collect
  • Use effective strategies to prompt the client to describe their family history
  • Know when recommendations are changing and where to find up-to-date information

Time Required

90 minutes

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Certificate of Completion

Complete the modules and quizzes to unlock your certificate of completion.