Naveguemos con Salud Breast Cancer Health Partnership Project (NCS)/Navigating, Educating, and Supporting Together (NEST)


  • We reached 9,300 individuals, provided in-depth breast health education to 2,295, and provided patient navigation services to 566
  • 94% of program participants say they are now better able to set up their own breast screenings
  • 98% intend to continue regular breast health screenings



The Naveguemos con Salud (NCS) Breast Health Partnership Project and its sister program Navigating, Educating, and Supporting Together (NEST) are coordinated education and patient navigation programs designed to improve breast health outcomes among Philadelphia’s Latina population. These programs aim to increase capacity at the individual and community levels to overcome social determinants of health by increasing knowledge and awareness of breast health issues and resources and by decreasing barriers to access within the Latino community.

NCS and NEST build from the evidence-based patient navigator model. As community-based patient navigation programs, NCS and NEST services differ from clinically-based navigator programs by extending into the community to reach individuals that may not otherwise access health care services. NCS and NEST utilize a multi-faceted approach to achieve their goals and objectives, and apply the following strategies:

  • One-on-one awareness-building activities with Latina women in a variety of settings including health clinic waiting rooms, public transportation, and neighborhood block parties;
  • In-depth breast health and breast cancer education to groups in the most densely populated Latino communities in Philadelphia; and
  • A patient navigator system that links individuals to health and social services based on their specific needs; and
  • Convening Philadelphia’s only Breast Health Navigation Network formed to support patient navigators as they seek to relieve program participants of the stresses and burdens of navigating complex health and social service systems.

HPC has successfully applied its unique model for community-based patient navigation to provide support to Asian and Hispanic/Latina women in Philadelphia for nearly ten years. HPC is recognized for its breast cancer education and patient navigation services and, in 2012, received a National Platinum Award from Case in Point Weekly for its unique model and outstanding patient navigation services. See our Outcomes Report for additional information about the Naveguemos con Salud program.

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  • Public Health Management Corporation Research and Evaluation Group
  • Public Health Management Health Centers 
  • Family Planning Council 
  • American Cancer Society 
  • Esperanza Health Center 
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia 
  • The Women and Children Health Services 
  • ASPIRA Inc. of Southeastern PA 
  • Puentes de Salud, 
  • The Cancer Treatment Centers of America 
  • Living Beyond Breast Cancer  
  • Albert Einstein Medical Center
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital




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