Patient Navigation & Advocacy
Early detection is a critical part of reducing mortality from cancer. Research finds that Latinos are diagnosed at a much later stage and have a disproportionately lower survival rate. Latinas are less likely to perform breast self-exams, get mammograms, and are less likely to seek medical care when they suspect something is wrong.
Navigating the healthcare system is a challenge, especially for those whose primary language is not English. Our Patient Navigation team provides translation services, assistance with scheduling, tracking and attending appointments. Our team also supports our clients through guidance related to cancer support groups, referrals to and help with signing up for free to low-cost insurance and care programs, access to a safety net of resources, such as food security, violence prevention, emergency housing, transportation, childcare support, and other important needs which will allow our clients prioritize their health.
We know that in some cases our clients will not access the care they need due to lack of knowledge of the healthcare system, economic burden, documentation status, or due to being uninsured. In some cases, without the support we provide at LCC, our clients would continue to ignore symptoms or health issues out of fear, feeling overwhelmed, or not knowing the urgency of those symptoms. It is also possible that our clients receive a late diagnosis and without essential resources to do something about it in time.
After being navigated by LCC, participants will have a better understanding of how to access care and/or other social services. Additionally, they will know what to expect from a care provider and will be able to advocate for themselves or loved ones in health care settings.