Who can become a health navigator?
Because the health navigator role is a diverse and multifaceted role, there are many different types of people and industries that can perform the role. Some institutions focus on bringing in social workers, while others utilize their nurses. The Center for Cancer Health Equity at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center — Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute employs a mix of both social workers and nurses, as well as a small team of grassroots community health workers. Chastity M. Washington, program director of the Center for Cancer Health Equity, uses this mix of health navigators to tackle both community outreach and consultation at various stages of breast cancer.