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Combine regional efforts to expand the implementation of Patient Navigation

Share information about patient navigator training and certification

Create a support network for regional patient navigators


  • Strategies for introducing and implementing patient navigation in public and private hospitals
  • Challenges and barriers that face patients in Latin America
  • Using technology to advance navigation and patient support in health systems
  • Models of navigation in Latin America and the United States

Who should attend?

Nursing Assistants

Social Workers

Health Administrators

Healthcare Volunteers
Community Health Workers


NPI is a nonprofit organization, registered in Boston, Massachusetts, that has been training and certifying patient navigators in Spanish in Latin America since 2016.

Recently (In 2022), NPI signed a formal agreement with the Istmo University in Guatemala, where the university has endorsed our training curriculum. This curriculum is based mainly on George Washington Cancer Center’s Patient Navigation Guide.

Thanks to the Berny A. Samayoa grant, NPI has trained more than 90 patient navigators and certified more than 80 hailing from seven countries in Latin America. These patient navigators have supported more than 300 patients.


Dr. Harold Freeman
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Freeman is the father and pioneer of the patient navigation concept and model, which addresses disparities in access to timely diagnosis and treatment, particularly among low-income communities.

Dr. Sarah Feldman, MD, MPH

Associate Professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School

Mandi Pratt-Chapman MA, PhD

Director of Patient Navigation, George Washington Cancer Center GWCC

Dr. Patricia Gallardo

Teacher at Sayani Foundation. Former director of the National Cancer Institute, Argentina. Specialist in Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Dr. Patricia Chacón

Head surgeon, 4th Surgical Unit, Breast Cancer Clinic, San Juan de Dios Hospital/Guatemala

Ing. Marcella Geraldina Carrillo

System Engineering/Management. Masters of Executive Leadership. Founder, Fundación Edificando Vidas/ El Salvador

Dr. Eduardo Gharzouzi Bassila

Medical Director at the INTEGRA Cancer Institute/Guatemala

Luciana Holtz de Camargo Barros

Founder and President of Oncoguia/Brazil Psycho-oncologist with a specialization in Bioethics and Health Literacy

Ana Inés Álvarez

Executive Director of the Avon Foundation (Argentina, Chile and Uruguay), responsible for the AVON Promise to eradicate violence against women and girls and the AVON Foundation Award

Dr. Juan Enrique Bargalló Rocha

Surgeon Oncologist Head of the Department of Mammary Tumors of INCAN Mexico City

Esther Rhei, MD

Medical Director, BWH Comprehensive Breast Health Center
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School Breast Surgery

Yamile Leon MSN, RN, OCN, ONN-CG, ONN-CG(T)

Director of Education
Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+)

Dr. Lucrecia Hernández Mack

Doctor and surgeon at the University of San Carlos, Guatemala, with a Masters in Public Health from Rafael Landívar University, and post-graduate studies in Social Medicine and Collective Health at the Independent Metropolitan University of Mexico City. Currently a congressional representative with the Movimiento Semilla (Seed Movement), serving from 2020-2024. Acted as Health Minister from 2016 to 2017.

Ana María Correa Guzmán

Executive Director Oncoguia Center Donations and Charities Arturo López Pérez Foundation

Dra. Esperanza Peña

Master in Clinical Epidemiology, Master of Health Administration, Nurse of the Pontifical Javeriana University Currently, Dean of the Faculty of Nursing at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.

Anastacia Bosire –MSc. Nursing (Oncology)

Patient Navigation Program Manager
Kenyatta National Hospital

Dra. Catherine Nyongesa

Clinical Oncologist from Kenya, Head of Department at Kenyatta National Hospital Cancer Treatment Center with more than 20 years of experience in Oncology

Tatiana Rivera Gerena, MSW, CN-BM

Social worker Certified Patient Navigator by the National Consortium of Breast Centers, Inc. HIMA•San Pablo Caguas Hospital in Puerto Rico

Maricarmen Ramírez-Solá, MPHE, CN-BM

Public Health Educator Certified Patient Navigator by the National Consortium of Breast Centers, Inc. HIMA•San Pablo Caguas Hospital in Puerto Rico

Mg. Sandra Alejandra Paz

SAYANI FOUNDATION. Director of Teaching and Research. From 2022 to the present.
RAILWAY SOCIAL WORK (OSFE). General manager. From 2015 to the present.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CANCER (INC). Advisor. From June 2020 to December 2021.

Andriy Chybisov MA MPH

Program manager for Global Capacity Development & Patient Support at the American Cancer Society since 2017

Hayley Freedman MPH

Program Manager for the Global Capacity Development and Patient Support team and is serving as the lead program manager for the design and launch of the BEACON Toolkit

M.A. Joan Marie Collier de De León

Nutritionist with Clinical specialty from the Francisco Marroquín University. Secretary of the Council of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Universidad del Istmo.

María del Rosario Escobar Hernández

Degree in Accounting from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and Social Work from the Mexican Institute of Psycho-oncology. From 2014 to date, she has been the Coordinator of the Patient Navigation Program at the National Cancer Institute Mexico, being the primary function to accompany patients in the process of the disease, identifying their needs, and breaking down the barriers that are presented to them so that they continue with their oncological treatments and have a better quality of life.

Dr. María Ángeles Chesa

Ph.D. in Government and Culture of Organizations from the University of Navarra, Spain. 2022.

From May 2009 to December 2020, she was director of the Department of Humanities at the Istmo University. From July 2018 to the present, she has been dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Istmo University.

Licda. Mérida Isabel Coj Sajvín

Degree in Administration Sciences has more than 15 years of work experience initially carrying out accounting and administrative activities and for the last nine years working as Manager and Patient Navigator of the Complex Cases Program in the Wuqu' organization Kawoq in Guatemala, currently working as Human Resources Manager of the same organization. Since June 2021, Mérida has been certified as a Patient Navigator by NPI.

M.A. Alexandra Aceituno Ríos

Psychologist and deputy director of the Hospice Villa de la Esperanza of Fundación Ammar Ayudando in Guatemala. She is a Clinical, Health, and Palliative Care Psychologist. She performs interventions to prevent and promote the health and disease process, with experience in approaching patients and families with life-limiting diseases. He is part of the Psychology Commission of the Latin American Association of Palliative Care (ALCP).

Edna Lucía Vinasco Ramírez

Degree in Nursing. She has completed her undergraduate studies in Colombia, a master's degree in business management, and a postgraduate degree in molecular biology and genetics. In the last two years, she has served as the Junkabal-UNIS health assistant program coordinator.

Dr. Augusto Ittig

-Medical Advisor Of: U.A.R., Remote Assistance Unit (Support In Telemedicine) Of Osde, Touch-Tsc, Albuquerque; American Lithium, And Racainsa. -Livent Doctor, Altiplano Miner. - International Sos Doctor And Telemedicine Coordinator Of Same Jujuy, Argentina.

PhD. Ximena Montero A.

Psychologist with Post – Specialization Degree in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology from Diego Portales University, Executive Coach from the European School of Coaching EEC (Barcelona, Spain), accredited by the International Coach Federation ICF. Currently, she is Head of the Oncoguia Program. The program supports the community to access care opportunities, facilitating access to benefits and empowering to improve patient's journey in Chile.

Margaret Bernard

Nurse patient navigator at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Graduated from the Belize School of Nursing as a Practical Nurse in 2000. She has had over 20 years’ experience in the nursing field. Since 2018, Margaret received oncology nursing and patient navigation training through Global Oncology and has been a key element since the opening of the first public oncology unit in Belize.

Ramoncito Argenes Yacab, M.D.

Medical Oncologist consultant at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, the tertiary hospital for Belize. Received his bachelor’s degree at Universidad Carlos de Guatemala, Guatemala in 2010 and completed specialty training in Medical Oncology at Universidad Auntonoma de Mexico in 2017. He has been working at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, Belize since 2018 as the oncology consultant.

Myriam Ríos

Thanatology Studies in Mexico 2014/2015. Master's Degree in Palliative Care from the University of the Canary Islands 2018/2019. Founder and Executive Director of the Ammar Ayudando Foundation, which she has directed since 1999, founding the first Hospice (Villa de la Esperanza) in 1/29/2009.

Sandra Aquino

President of the Association of Cancer Patients Fe y Esperanza in Honduras Breast cancer survivor and advocate for patients' rights.

M.D. Inti Mauricio Paredes Bascuñan

Urologist with extensive experience in public health and innovation, has served as the Deputy Medical Director of the Central-Metropolitan Health Service for the Ministry of Health. Currently, Dr. Paredes is Chief of the Department of Medical Informatics and Data Science at Arturo Lopez Perez Foundation, a non profit oncology foundation that seeks to resolve complex cancer-related problems in Chile at low cost with a high-quality service.




Train clinical and non-clinical patient navigators in Spanish to support patient access to oncology care and to reduce the rates of cancer and other chronic illnesses


Save patient lives by increasing access to medical attention and by providing support to navigate complex health systems.


Educate patient navigators about cancer prevention and increase overall cancer prevention awareness.


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