Patient Navigation Job Roles by Levels of Experience: Workforce Development Task Group, American Cancer Society National Navigation Roundtable (ACS NNRT) 2023

The ACS NNRT Workforce Task Group worked on the roles and responsibilities of entry, intermediate, and advanced level cancer patient navigators. This table provides a resource for creating job descriptions for navigators with specific levels of expertise and for patient navigators to advance their oncology careers and attain a higher level of expertise.

___2022b WFD Navigation Job Performance Behaviors by 3 Levels (Entry, Intermediate and Advanced).xlsx; WFD Competency_Job_Beh LANDSCAP;

Susan G. Komen® is conducting a research study to learn more about how to best meet the needs of MBC patients through patient navigation, and we need your help! We would like to hear the barriers MBC patients and patient navigators face so we can design a patient navigation training module to respond to these needs. See the flyer for eligibility requirements and more information.

For this study, you will be asked to participate in a 1-hour introductory call and 2-hour focus group, both on a virtual platform. The focus group conversations will be focused on the experiences of those diagnosed with MBC or the patient navigators serving MBC patients. You may be eligible to participate if you are:

  • 21 years or older,
  • a U.S. citizen
  • an individual who has been diagnosed with MBC

OR a patient navigator (defined as individuals who identify and address barriers to accessing healthcare services in a fragmented healthcare system serving the breast cancer community)

If you are interested in participating, please complete the interest form found here.

For questions or to receive more information, contact the study team at

 Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF)


Is a resource to help you select interventions to improve health and prevent disease in your state, community, community organization, business, healthcare organization, or school. 

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends patient navigation services to increase breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screenings among historically disadvantaged racial and ethnic populations and people with lower incomes. The recommendation is based on a systematic review of 34 studies. 

Cancer Screening: Patient Navigation Services to Increase Breast Cancer Screening and Advance Health Equity

CPSTF recommends patient navigation services to increase #BreastCancer screening among historically disadvantaged racial and ethnic populations and people with lower incomes.

Community Guide

Cancer Screening: Patient Navigation Services to Increase Cervical Cancer Screening and Advance Health Equity

Patient navigation services increase #CervicalCancer screening among historically disadvantaged racial and ethnic populations and people with lower incomes according to a systematic review from #TheCommunityGuide.

Community Guide

New Hampshire Colorectal Screening Program

From 2009 to 2015, the New Hampshire Colorectal Cancer Screening Program (NHCRCSP) carried out a
statewide effort to increase high-quality colorectal cancer (CRC) screening. This effort included:
   – Free colonoscopy screening for low-income, uninsured or
underinsured state residents ages 50 through 64
  –  Connecting patients without a primary care provider to
medical homes for comprehensive and continuous care
  –  Healthcare center partnerships to increase their use of
evidence-based screening interventions
  –  A patient navigation (PN) intervention that was remarkably
effective in increasing colonoscopy completion, based on
results of a rigorous evaluation study led by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with
NHCRCSP staff.

Guide for Patient Navigators

The George Washington University Cancer Center is excited to share our updated Guide for Patient Navigators! This guide is a supplement to our Oncology Patient Navigator Training: The Fundamentals. The 508 compliant guide also provides free updated resources and tools for program implementation. The comprehensive, competency-based training uses evidence-based information and case studies to prepare patient navigators to effectively address barriers to care for cancer patients and survivors.


Access the Guide and enroll in the free, self-paced training today!

Standards for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice.  National Association of Social Workers.

Description: This revision of the NASW Standards and Indicators for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice (the Standards) reflects the growth in the understanding of cultural competence since the development of both the NASW Standards for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice published in 2001 and the Indicators for the Achievement of the NASW Standards for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice (NASW, 2007).  While not a toolkit, it provides a comprehensive overview of practice standards regarding cultural competence and related concepts in service delivery.  It offers practice standards from the field of social work that can be applied by all professions to provide culturally competent health services         It includes terms and definitions such as cultural, cultural humility, intersectionality, etc.  It also includes standards and indicators that describe the ways that culturally competent staff would demonstrate knowledge and skills.       

Audience: Patient navigator program planners, health system administrators, patient navigation supervisory staff, patient navigators.


Pfizer & Academy of Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators (AONN+) and Pfizer: Patient Navigator Tool Kit; Care 2.0 

Toolkit Description:   The Patient Navigation in Cancer Care Toolkit examines the history and evolution of navigation, the core competencies, current models of navigation, and the role of the navigator along the care continuum. The toolkit also explores the importance of administrative engagement and standardized metrics for the development of a successful navigation program. Important resources are provided in this toolkit for professional and program development. Also available is the Metastatic Breast Cancer Navigation Resource and the Advanced Prostate Cancer Navigation Resource. 

Audience: New navigators and administrators