19NE050 - NCONA Annual Conference: Navigation Interventions in Supportive Care

Jun 21, 2019 Closed

19NE050 - NCONA Annual Conference: Navigation Interventions in Supportive Care



Cancer patients experience a wide range of unmet supportive needs. Increasing access to services will ultimately improve the quality of life. This conference will address updates on new information and technology that is being developed and implemented to meet the specific needs of this population.

The NCONA conference welcomes our keynote speaker, Theresa Brown, PhD, RN. Theresa is a practicing nurse, New York Times columnist, and is a commentator in both print and broadcast national media, including CNN.com, Slate, Salon.com, The American Journal of Nursing, C-SPAN Book TV, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She is a leading voice on healthcare as seen from the nurse’s point of view.

In her New York Times bestselling book, The Shift, Theresa Brown takes us on rounds where she is responsible for the care and management of four patients on a particular day in the hospital. She shows us what it really takes to be on the human side of a medical institution—lives can be lost, life-altering treatment decisions made, and dreams fulfilled or irrevocably stolen—all in the span of twelve hours.

Join us to learn her perspectives on “Healing our Healthcare System: Novel Ideas for Reclaiming Care.”

Jointly Provided by:
WNC Health Network

By registering for this conference, you are granting permission for your contact information to be shared with NCONA, which is a joint provider of this continuing education activity.


7:30 – 8:30 Registration & Networking Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 Welcome, Course Overview & Introductions
8:45 – 9:45 Healing Our Healthcare System: Novel Ideas for Reclaiming Care
Theresa Brown, PhD, RN
Theresa is a nurse, New York Times bestselling author and frequent contributor to The New York Times.
9:45 – 10:00 Break & Networking
10:00 – 10:45 Navigating Supportive Care & Survivorship
Cheyenne Corbett, PhD, LMFT
Cheyenne is the director of Cancer Patient Support Services at Duke Cancer Institute.
10:45 – 11:30 Survivorship Care Plans: Navigating the Transition from Active Treatment
Natalie Garces, RN, BSN, OCN
Natalie is the Survivorship Coordinator, Atrium Health Levine Cancer Institute.
11:30 – 12:15 Identifying & Navigating Sexual Health Issues & Referral Services
Mallori Thompson, LPC, MA, NCC
Mallori is a medical family/therapist with the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program.
12:15 – 1:15Break, Networking & Lunch
1:15 – 2:15Digital Innovation in Supportive Care
Financial Burden of Cancer Care & Pathlight: A Novel Financial Assistance App
Yousuf Zafar, MD, MHS
Dr. Zafar is nationally known for his work with Financial Toxicity and a medical oncologist caring for colorectal cancer patients at Duke Cancer Institute.
DSCAN: Digital Supportive Care and Navigation App
Tom LeBlanc, MD
Dr. LeBlanc is nationally known for his work in palliative care and the patient experience.
2:15 – 2:45Utilizing Self-Reported Medical History: What Navigators Need to Know
Carolyn Menendez, MD, FACS
Dr. Menendez is a surgical oncologist at Duke Health with additional training in clinical cancer genetics.


There is a block of rooms at the rate of $134.00 for the evening of June 20th:
Courtyard Chapel Hill
100 Marriott Way
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Participants will need to call 919-883-0700 to reserve a room at this rate. Please mention "NCONA" to receive the discounted rate.

Target Audience

Physicians, oncology nurse navigators, administrators, care coordinators, advanced practice providers, fellows, medical students, nursing students, patient navigators, community health workers, case managers, social workers, psychologists, patient advocates, community ambassadors, lay health advisors, community educators, peer supporters and lay volunteer patient navigators


  • Describe methods to assess for key survivorship issues, the role of survivorship care plans and summaries into navigation practice
  • Identify two innovative approaches to supportive care
  • Discuss the importance of how self-reported medical histories can influence patients genetic risk and testing


  • Theresa Brown, PhD, BSN, RN
  • Cheyenne Corbett, MS, LMFT, PhD
  • Natalie Garces, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC, OCN
  • Tom W. LeBlanc, MD, MA, MHS, FAAHPM
  • Carolyn S. Menendez, MD, FACS
  • Mallori Thompson, MA, LPC, NCC
  • Yousuf Y. Zafar, MD, MHS


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