Breaking New Ground for Cancer Patients

The GW Cancer Institute (GWCI) is paving the road for a new national focus on patient navigation and survivorship, thanks to a $1.2 million commitment from Pfizer and the Pfizer Foundation. GWCI launched the Center for the Advancement of Cancer Survivorship, Navigation and Policy (ca-SNP), which will advance efforts in the field both locally and nationally through training, research, policy analysis, outreach and education.

“By creating this center, GWCI’s resources will reach patients in our community, as well as train other institutions to provide their own patients with the resources and care they need after receiving a cancer diagnosis,” said Steven Patierno, Ph.D., GWCI executive director.

“This center will serve as a model for other organizations interested in implementing patient programs that cover the continuum of cancer care from screening to cure or end-of-life,” he said. ”Our goal is to put the tools in place to effectively meet the needs of cancer survivors across the nation.”

Patient navigation has been shown to be effective in reducing barriers to cancer health care and improving patient access. Likewise, cancer survivorship programs have been shown to improve the quality of life for patients with a cancer diagnosis. Nevertheless, health care providers have struggled to develop and sustain successful and cost-effective patient navigation and survivorship programs. Through the creation of caSNP, the GW Cancer Institute seeks to fill both gaps.

Grant funds will support the center’s plans to launch several initiatives using a multidisciplinary approach to navigation and survivorship. Training programs will be held for institutions to learn to advance the effectiveness of navigation and survivorship programs and to share best practices. Courses will be added to the GW medicine and public health curricula to educate students about the policy context in which they practice and in which patients receive care.

Influencing health policy on these topics will be a main focus of ca-SNP. The center will conduct periodic assessments of pending reform legislation and hold expert roundtables to develop a policy-related research agenda. Policy analysis activities will be informed by a “Voices from the Patients Navigation Field” initiative that will capture feedback from patients and caregivers on barriers to care and potential solutions. A tool to evaluate national health reform proposals will be developed and distributed to policymakers and the cancer community.

Other key programs will promote patient navigation and survivorship research, coordinate clinical care at GW and build an informational tool called “The Cancer Survivor’s Roadmap” to assist survivors in the steps that follow treatment.

“The center will improve quality of life for patients throughout the entire cancer experience,” said Mandi Pratt Chapman, director of GWCI’s Office of Survivorship and co-director of the center.

Corporate Partnerships

As corporations expand globally and work locally, they seek the “front door” to an academic institution that a university corporate offices can provide. The mission of the Office of Corporate Relations and the Office of Corporate/Industry Research is to create and maintain dynamic relationships with business and industry. Working with companies and business entrepreneurs, these offices help the private sector fully explore partnership opportunities across the GW campus. Opportunities for collaboration include sponsored research, career services and internship placement, corporate philanthropy, leadership and professional development and specialized training.

Located in the nation’s capital, GW is uniquely positioned to showcase the best practices that can result from private sector/academic partnerships. As a major employer in the District of Columbia, GW also has an important role to play in supporting the city and its residents. GW’s location and connections afford the University and its partners with the opportunity to provide leadership not just for the city, but for the nation and the world.

To learn more, please contact:

Stephenie Maurer
Director of Corporate Relations
Development and Alumni Relations
Email: symaurer@gwu.edu
Phone:202-994-7837


 

 

GW Partners with D.C. Public Schools

School Without Walls Grand Reopening

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, GW President Steven Knapp, Chancellor Michelle Rhee, and Director Allen Lew joined the School Without Walls student body for a ribbon cutting and grand reopening ceremony celebrating long-awaited renovations.

How to Partner with GW

With the constant emergence of challenges and opportunities both at home and abroad, the George Washington University welcomes new partners that can leverage and complement our unique capabilities. By completing our partnership form, you take the first step in determining how our students, faculty, alumni and programmatic resources can support your mission—and how you can help drive GW’s success.

GW Stands with the Greater Washington Urban League

Every year, GW reaffirms its enduring commitment to the Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL) by serving hosting its annual meeting. For 12 years, GW has taken this great opportunity to bring the GWUL Board of Directors and business members to the Foggy Bottom Campus while contributing planning, space and catering to this worthwhile organization.

GW President Steven Knapp addressed the GWUL annual meeting this year, noting the challenges of a difficult economic climate. “It’s at times like these when hard decisions must be made,” he said. “And we at GW stand with the Greater Washington Urban League as it continues to provide essential services to the residents of this great city.”

Since its founding in 1938, GWUL has brought effective approaches and solutions to Washington’s social and economic problems, fulfilling a mission to increase the economic and political empowerment of African Americans and other minorities through understanding of the responsibilities and rewards of citizenship. GWUL is one of more than 100 affiliates of the National Urban League.

Dr. Knapp has extended our commitment to GWUL’s critical work by joining its board of directors, a 37-member governing body that represents a cross-section of the greater Washington community. Michael Akin, GW’s executive director of government, international and community relations, serves on the GWUL advisory board, offering GW’s volunteer resources and academic expertise to support the organization’s work.

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From local nonprofits to large multinational institutions, GW is always looking for partners that complement and enhance our shared mission.

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