The CU Anschutz Multidisciplinary Center on Aging is offering an unique training program for older adults interested in being trained/dually-trained health navigators and older adult research peer specialists.
A health navigator (also known as a patient navigator or resource navigator) is a member of the health care team who helps individuals overcome barriers to quality care. They address barriers including access to health care, insurance or lack thereof, poor health literacy, transportation, child care and more.
Health navigators usually are trusted members of the community they serve and have an understanding of the community served, often due to shared lived experiences.
Health navigators build effective working relationships with patients, helping to support, educate and assist patients to navigate the complex healthcare system. Health navigators need to work effectively with patients, healthcare providers and community partners. They need to be able to identify their patient’s physical, emotional, and cultural needs and help them access appropriate resources to meet these needs. Health navigators have a good understanding of the health resources available in their communities in order to help connect patients to needed resources.