AONN+ Blog

AONN+ Leadership Council Members Represent at Health Equity Event

AONN+ Leadership Council members Sharon Gentry, Editor in Chief, and Elizabeth Franklin, Head of US Public Affairs & Patient Advocacy in Oncology, Sanofi, recently participated in “Health Equity Heroes: Advocates Making a Difference” at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C. Sanofi sponsored the event.

Thank You to Our AONN+ Midyear Scholarship Applicants

Thank you to all who applied to attend the 2024 AONN+ Midyear Conference on scholarship. All applicants were notified in March of our decision. If you were among the individuals selected for this opportunity, we congratulate you and ask that you familiarize yourself with the agreement terms.

Congratulations to AONN+ Members Named to the NNRT

AONN+ is proud to announce that the following 3 members have been named to the American Cancer Society’s National Navigation Roundtable Steering Committee: Emily Gentry, AONN+ Executive Director of Strategy and Operations; Jennifer Bires, Executive Director of Life with Cancer and Patient Experience for the Inova Schar Cancer Institute; and Zarek Mena. This is an exciting opportunity and we’re honored to have you representing AONN+ on the national stage. Congratulations!

A Note of Gratitude and New Year Wishes for AONN+’s Membership

As we bid farewell to another remarkable year, Emily Gentry, Executive Director, Strategy & Operations, AONN+, takes this opportunity to reflect upon 2023, to express her gratitude to AONN+’s membership for your unwavering commitment to excellence in oncology navigation, and to wish all of you a wonderful New Year.

AONN+ Leadership Out and About in December

December marks the close of 2023 and of AONN+’s conference season. The month brought Sharon Gentry and Emily Gentry several opportunities to highlight AONN+’s work to advance the navigation profession, reconnect with colleagues, and expand their network.

AONN+ Leadership Advocating on Behalf of Our Members and Patients

Through speaking engagements and other industry-sponsored activities this fall, AONN+ leaders raised awareness and understanding for the challenges of patients with cancer, the resources available to these individuals, and the vital role of navigators in the oncology care continuum.

AONN+ Awards First CATCHs of the Year Awards at Annual 2023

AONN+’s CATCH (Catching & Addressing Threats to Care & Health) Initiative has brought to light the many ways in which navigators are intervening within their own organizations to influence positive outcomes. At Annual 2023, we had the opportunity to celebrate two navigators whose CATCHs truly exemplified the value and efficiency of navigators. Please join us in congratulating Nurse Navigator CATCH of the Year Laura Kaminski, and Patient Navigator CATCH of the Year, Cynthia Shechter.

AONN+ Advancing Navigation at National Meetings

It’s been a very busy fall for members of AONN+’s Leadership Council, with members presenting at prominent national meetings on a near weekly basis. At each venue, we served as advocates for the navigation profession and as ambassadors for AONN+. Learn what we’ve accomplished to date and where you can look for us next!

Takeaways From the Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia Opening Keynote and Panel

Monica Dean, AONN+ Director of Patient Navigation, gave the keynote address at the Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia Annual Meeting on September 25, 2023. She shares that the meeting theme, “Community of Navigation: Working Together Towards Patient-Centered Care,” speaks to the heart and soul of patient navigation.

Importance of Patient Feedback in Demonstrating Value of Care

How is the value of a navigator being captured in your care system? In this article, AONN+ Program Director Sharon Gentry talks about the importance of patient feedback in demonstrating the value of navigation care and ways that this information can be solicited.