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AONN+ Annual 2020

SUN02 - General Session 9 | Developing and Sustaining Patient Navigation Programs in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC): An Introduction to the American Cancer Society’s Building Expertise, Advocacy, and Capacity for Oncology Navigation (BEACON) Initia

Nov 8, 2020 9:15am ‐ Nov 8, 2020 10:30am


Since 2015, The American Cancer Society (ACS) has been supporting the expansion of patient navigation to low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs) starting with national referral hospitals in Kenya and Uganda. Based on those experiences, ACS has launched the BEACON Initiative to introduce patient navigation to health care facilities and civil society organizations in other LMIC settings. A key component is the rollout of a self-service patient navigation program development methodology and implementation toolkit that supports these institutions to develop, implement, and sustain patient navigation programs tailored to their local context.

ACS will briefly present on the growing cancer burden in LMICs and the rationale for this expansion and will provide an overview of the basic elements of the toolkit, including a sample of one or more activities. Through a live panel discussion and Q&A, global representatives of the toolkit Advisory Committee will share their thoughts on how they believe the toolkit will be useful for developing or improving patient navigation programs in LMIC settings and how their contributions have made the toolkit more relevant and applicable to the settings in which they work.

Learning Objectives:
  • Recall three key facts about the growing burden of cancer in LMICs
  • List 1-3 common needs of cancer patients in LMIC settings that patient navigation programs are addressing or can address
  • Describe at least one key consideration that makes the ACS BEACON Initiative Toolkit relevant for global LMIC settings
  • Give examples of the types of resources that will be available in the ACS BEACON Initiative Toolkit
  • Compare and contrast the challenges of implementing patient navigation programs in the US and LMIC settings


  • Kimberly Badal, BSc, MSc, Founder, Caribbean Cancer Research Initiative (CCRI)
  • Hayley Freedman, MPH, Program Specialist, Global Capacity Development and Patient Support, The American Cancer Society, Inc.
  • Erica Krisel, MPH, Program Manager, Global Capacity Development and Patient Support, The American Cancer Society, Inc.
  • Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala, MS, Founding President, ICANSERVE Foundation
  • Kristie McComb, MPH, Managing Director, Global Capacity Development and Patient Support, American Cancer Society, Inc.
  • Grace Omuligoli, RN, BSC, HSM, ACS Consultant, Kenyatta Hospital
  • Nancy Pena, ONP-CG, CMI, BS, Director/Founder, Navegación de Pacientes Internacional, Inc./Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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