Kentucky Cancer Patient Navigation Network

The Kentucky Cancer Consortium began convening a small group of partners around the topic of Survivorship and Patient Navigation in the Spring of 2009. This group evolved into the KCC Survivorship and Patient Navigation Team, providing a state-level forum for networking and sharing among organizations that have a statewide or multi-regional impact in Kentucky. The organizations identify and discuss gaps in addressing issues surrounding survivorship and patient navigation in Kentucky and look toward potential collaborations to address those gaps. The Team works to achieve the Cancer Action Plan goal of "Promoting the overall health of Kentucky cancer survivors from diagnosis onward, to increase quality of life." Working together, they developed measurable objectives for the CAP in an effort to better identify survivorship needs, as well as adequately measure KY's progress.

The Team is currently focusing solely on cancer patient navigation throughout the cancer continuum, and have formed a cancer patient navigation network of professionals in Kentucky. The Team has conducted two statewide Forums, providing a neutral venue for over 100 cancer patient navigation professionals from a variety of settings to gather to share best practices, highlight helpful resources, network with like-minded colleagues, and consider development of a network for future collaborations. KCC's Inaugural Cancer Patient Navigators Fall Forum was held on November 8, 2012 at the University of Kentucky's Boone Center in Lexington. View archived presentations from the day. The 2nd Kentucky Cancer Patient Navigators' Fall Forum was held on October 30, 2014 at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort. View presentations and handouts below. See Forum evaluation results here.

Catalyzed by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer Patient Navigation Program Standards to go into effect January 2015, the Survivorship and Patient Navigation Team conducted a statewide survey of cancer navigation professionals. The survey sought to gather a list of "essential" cancer patient navigation data metrics -- what kind of information are they using to tracking their patients? What outcomes do their organizations see as important? These data items span the entire spectrum of the cancer continuum, and have provided guidance to new and developing cancer patient navigation programs as they decide what data to gather -- and why. Read the Cancer Patient Navigators Data Metrics Survey and Snapshot.

Handouts, resources and presentations from the 2nd Kentucky Cancer Patient Navigators' Fall Forum held October 30, 2014 at the Kentucky Historical Society.


Educational/Resource Opportunities

Visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Cancer Survivorship Program's webpage at Find fact sheets, e-cards, research updates and more.

To find fact sheets, e-cards, research updates and more, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Cancer Survivorship Program's webpage.

Survivorship/Patient Navigation Team Documents -- Members Only

Visit Google Docs to view and edit shared documents.

For more information about Survivorship Team, contact Katie Bathje at 859-323-3534 or

Upcoming KCC Events


Passage of SB 89 means that all tobacco treatment pharmacotherapy, as well as cessation counseling, are covered by health insurance. Two working groups have emerged within KCC to discuss how to best reach providers, and the public, with this important message. The next conference calls will be scheduled soon.


Check out our recent webinars on lung cancer stigma. The first webinar from May 23, 2017 provides an overview of lung cancer stigma. The second webinar from August 30, 2017 focuses on several common scenarios and potential ways to discuss lung cancer without stigma. Many thanks to Dr. Jamie Studts, KY LEADS Collaborative, and Angela Criswell, Lung Cancer Alliance, for their leadership and presentations during these webinars.


Our fall KCC "meeting" will be attendance at the Kentucky Association for Community Health Workers Annual Conference -- specifically, two afternoon sessions we helped coordinate on September 28th, from 2:15pm-4:30pm at the Marriott Griffin Gate Hotel in Lexington.

  • Dr. Connie White, Senior Deputy Commissioner for the Kentucky Department for Public Health, and Co-Chair of the Kentucky Cancer Consortium, will be speaking on Kentucky's Medicaid Waiver proposal from 2:15pm-3:15pm on Thursday, 9/28
  • Dr. Jean Edward, Assistant Professor in the University of Kentucky Center for Health Services Research, will be speaking on Health Insurance Literacy from 3:30pm-4:30pm on Thursday, 9/28

While KCC partners are welcome and encouraged to register for the entire CHW conference (which is free of charge, and runs 9/28 a.m. thru 9/29 p.m.), you may also choose to simply join us for the two sessions mentioned above -- whatever your schedule permits!


October 3rd, from 9am – 4pm in Frankfort, KY. One-day 'mini-retreat' for our KCC Colon Cancer Committee to regroup and move forward! We will discuss "who is doing what," and explore the potential for collaborations in the coming year. For more information contact Katie.


KCC & their Lung Cancer Network are hosting the "Kentucky Cancer Summit - Fall Lung Workshop" on October 24th at Berry Hill Mansion in Frankfort. Click here to register.